My school recently finished a book study on “We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know” by Gary R. Howard. I am grateful for the timing of this study with the current protest and events. I will admit that it was not an easy process. There were times I felt ashamed and embarrassed for being white, but I realized that Howard was just saying it clearly. He was calling out the existing systems- especially education. This is my list of what I feel I can do in my class and life to denounce systems of oppression:
I am an ally
I will continue to show that I am an ally of marginalized groups by displaying and sharing art. Here are some sources that I use to print and display art on my door and classroom:
Native Lands: Look up by zip code to see what Indigenous Tribes lived in that area and what treaties took place on that land
Land Acknowledgement: Posters (see pictures below) and land acknowledgement statements
Rule of 3
I will continue to follow the “Rule of 3” by Melissa Purtee. I am committed to exposing my students to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists by using the “Rule of 3” so for every one white male artist: 2 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists.
Support Student Voices
I will continue to support my students’ voices and perspectives. I promise that their voices will be heard so that they may learn how to become an activist. I can teach my students how-to questions and denounces systems of oppression.
I will continue to disassemble my white privilege
I will continue my journey in acknowledging my white privilege, and learning what actions I can do to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). I am taking the time to pause and do self-reflections. I can be a voice-
I will continue to educate my own children
I promise to show my own children the oppression in our current systems and model to them what they can do to help.
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