All Black Everything [Our Professional Selves]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

In school, I’ve developed the mannerism of using “sir” and “miss” (or misses) when greeting colleagues and, to some extent, students. The greeting puts a small distance between me and the person I address. People might take this as a sign of deference or even subservience, yet my stature and …


Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [GOOD Magazine]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Jose

Excerpt: In light of the lack of diversity in thought and culture within our teaching corps, there’s an astounding disconnect. I don’t believe that only teachers of color should teach diverse students, but only 17 percent of public school teachers and 19 percent of principals are of color, and out …


Don’t Talk To Me About The Good Old Days

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

As recently as last month, I saw someone tweet that cops always made their whole city feel safe, and #OccupyWallStreet inspired a distrust of the executive branch unlike any other. It’s probably not the first time a Black person had to say, “I told you so.” It’s also not the …

I Am My Hair, Too

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

To look as fresh as some of us brothers do takes a certain amount of patience, skill, and discernment that people don’t understand until they’ve seen it in action. A brotha first observes the movements of their barber, looking at the prior customer’s face to measure their own satisfaction. Their …

It’s ‘Cuz I’m Black, Right?

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

On this day in the year 1995, OJ Simpson was acquitted of all charges related to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. And it’s not my fault. I swear. My hands would have fit in those gloves for sure. I still don’t have enough money to hire …

U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get …


On Ridiculous Assertions By [Some] White Liberals

Jose Vilson Jose 35 Comments

Oh well-meaning “liberals,” you sound ridiculous even when you don’t realize it. I’d be more offended if I didn’t hear some of the nonsense from Black people, too. Whenever you say things like, What we need is more vocational schools and alternative schools so that our lower functioning kids can …