Monday, August 14, 2017

This is Not Okay

My heart hurts.

It sickens me that in 2017, we have white supremacy marches happening and it hasn't been condemned by the White House. Instead, it's brushed off as coming from "many sides." 

Well, I'm calling B.S. on that. It isn't coming from "many sides" at all. It is coming from the normalization of hatred and bigotry from our nation's leaders. If you refuse to call out these marches for what they actually are, you're complicit in them. You may not have marched yourself, but you're condoning what they stand for. 

People lost their lives and were gravely injured so a bunch of white folks could whine about their oppression. Seriously? Did any of these people actually pay attention in history class? The ability for these idiots to demonstrate the way they did is really the poster for white privilege. 

As educators, we can't stand in silence. We have to speak out, we have to tell our students, our families, our colleagues, the world that this is wrong, this is NOT okay and we are not going to stand by and allow it to happen. Hatred and bigotry have zero place in our country, but they are here, alive and well and festering like an angry boil.

Stop being silent. Stop looking the other way. Stand up and tell people, this is not okay. This is not the America I want to live in. This is not the America I want to leave to my children, grandchildren and future great-grandchildren.

We deserve better and should BE better. Don't be complicit or complacent. Stand up against hatred and bigotry and by all means, teach your students to do it too. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree completely with your blog post. I am not American bur still deeply saddened by the events.

    We need to teach our children that this is wrong!