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Racism Without Racists: The School Re-segregation Edition

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Today, ProPublica released a special report on their website dedicated to the re-segregation of America’s public schools. With the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision on May 17th approaching, ProPublica has focused this special section on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where three separate and equally devastating stories will be told as case studies to highlight the effects of “letting” dreams of integration die on their own. Unfortunately, progress …

Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Voting Act Signing

Your Kids Don’t Actually Feel Like They Belong In School

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Today, a friend forwarded me a report from the Pew Research Center that focused on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. An excerpt: But as historic as it was, a half century later many Americans — particularly blacks — still believe that the country has a ways to go in overcoming racial disparities. A CBS News poll conducted in late March found that while 59% of Americans — …

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Fight With Us Too, Damnit (Educators and Jordan Davis)

Jose Vilson Jose 26 Comments

When the Michael Dunn verdict came down, I fully expected him to get off on all counts. The Trayvon Martin case only created two pathways for future cases like these: either America – specifically Florida – would learn and do better for the next trial or it would give carte blanche to any white person to take the life of a young person of color on the basis of “threat.” …

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First They Came For Urban Black and Latino Moms (For Arne Duncan)

Jose Vilson Jose 27 Comments

A few months ago, I walked past a “successful” charter school here in Harlem, NY, speed-walking to get my school supplies for the coming school year. I noticed a huge crowd of mostly Black and Latino families all waiting to pick up their children when a taut, pony-tailed White man came out with a clipboard and yells, “Alright, parents, we need everyone to line up!” My inner voice yelled “What!?” …

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Excuse Me, Your Privilege Is Showing (White Privilege in Ed Reform)

Jose Vilson Jose 32 Comments

It always starts when someone brings up a point about race within your “own” ranks. Whatever that means. I’m OK with taking on the role as education’s Race Man, but the more I write about it, the more prevalent these discussions become. It’s almost as if people are waiting for [insert name of favorite White leader / blogger / activist / ed professor] to come in and tell you what …

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Diversity and Openness at the Bammy Awards, From Errol Smith

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

An exchange flared by between Errol Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards in my post about race within the education reform movement. My point in highlighting the Bammys wasn’t to hate on it, but assure that, as someone vested in true diversity, I would spare no one, liberal or conservative, from facing racial issues with its participants or audiences. I don’t like being the critic, but I can’t not …

A Man and His Elephant, by Paula Bronstein

Embracing The Elephant (Race and Education Reform)

Jose Vilson Jose 18 Comments

When I first saw Michael Petrilli’s list of influential education policy tweeters, I laughed. As usual, it’s as important to see who’s left off the list as to see where they rank. We see through whichever lens is given to us at whatever time we read any piece, as well as create it, so this isn’t a personal attack on Michael or EducationNext (or anyone else mentioned on the list …

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Short Notes: Intersectionality of Race and Gender via Questlove

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A few notes: This graphic is what I try to tell people about teachers. We work all summer, just not necessarily with kids. [Upworthy] I didn’t have the heart to read this before, but Questlove’s letter about “not being shit” resonated with me on a deep level. [NYMag] Jamilah Lemieux wrote a thorough critique of Kim Foster’s rejoinder of the aforementioned Questlove’s piece. [Ebony] Linda Darling-Hammond skewers the recent NCTQ …

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An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters]

Jose Vilson Jose 13 Comments

To my fellow education activists: I’ve come across a few pieces that concern me and others in the last few months, and we got some shit to talk about. On normal days, I wake up at 5:30am hellbent on kicking butt at work, metaphorically of course. The stirring in my belly long after my butter toast and coffee is the passion with which I approach my students, whether or not …