U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

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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 judged … you get laughed at…you get looked at wrong You get sighted for not being strong The struggle of …

Domino, Domino, Only Spot A Few Blacks The Higher I Go

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My good friend Brent reminded me that Diane Ravitch tweeted the notorious article by Michael Petrilli comparing Klout scores of some of the biggest names in the online education world. It has the effect where people can take a macro-view of the education world and have some discussion of what it means to have influence in this sphere. Klout’s a rather crude measure for influence, but it’s as good as …

Jack Johnson, Unforgivably Black

Yes, Yes, But I’m Also Black [On Blogging In The Ed-World]

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Last week, I brought up my opinion that children of color shouldn’t be limited to certain occupations due to the perceived notions of observers. I especially pointed this out to [some] White so-called liberals, because it seems that too many of them believe that their pseudo-liberalism absolves from the critique of their racial bias. Even those of them doing the “right work” can reveal themselves in the coded language they …

Our Middle Fingers Are The Same Color, Too

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Yesterday, I reflected on the state of our country in a July 4th special on this blog. About 18 hours later, I got the best example of the state of our country’s views about each other with a couple of waves of the finger. We watched the fireworks explode from Weehawken, NJ, sitting together watching as many colors in the sky as there were watching amongst us. After the half-hour …

Luis Ramirez and Three of His Murderers

Another Reason Why Some Educators Won’t Talk About Race

Jose Vilson Jose 13 Comments

No, you’re going to get into race at length. Or any other real world issue for that matter. Because you’ve made your blog just as someone in the edublogosphere prescribed: edu-tech here, ed policy there, a response to the latest trend sprinkled in. You’re doing well for yourself and your readers skyrocket. The only controversy you ever touch is the difference between a PC and a Mac. Naturally, you choose …

The Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)

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Normally, I don’t start posts like this, but imagine my annoyance at another misinformed message regarding Black History Month, this time from an unlikely source. Not sure who first posted it, but in the video, Morgan Freeman asserts two points: Black history is American history, so we shouldn’t relegate the history to a month. To an extent, it’s true, but then … The best way to get rid of racism …

#Educon, Edu-Nerds, Chris Lehmann, and A Slice of Race in the 21st Century

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I had the pleasure of attending EduCon 2.3 last weekend, surrounded by people I mostly met digitally and students I only envisioned through the stories of the Science Leadership Academy’s Chris Lehmann and social studies super-pedagogue Diana Laufenburg. I was impressed by the warmth and camaraderie in a place full of edulebrities and edunerds (I’m either / or depending on the day) from across the nation convening not in a …

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., The First Meeting (Melvin Hale)

Jose vs. Mr. Vilson, Part 2 – Do You Think Segregation Is A Good Thing For Minorities?

Jose Vilson Jose, Mr. Vilson 3 Comments

Jose: First off, you and I both know I don’t even like the word “minority” because, in the words of Piri Thomas, there’s nothing minor about me. Mr. Vilson: Whoa, buddy! HAHA! Jose: You know what I mean. There’s just no way we’re ever going to get respect in this country if we keep using that word on a daily basis about us! Mr. Vilson: OK, fair enough, but I …

Ethnic Studies in Arizona: The Story You Might Have Missed on New Year’s Day

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On January 1st, 2011, Arizona instituted a set of directives against certain segments of educational curricula in the state. This bill follows the already tenuous relationship between underrepresented people in their state and their government, with officials like Governor Jan Brewer in the forefront. People reporting on the bill have called it a “ban on ethnic studies,” a misleading title if I ever read one. While it serves well to …

DREAM Act: A Reality

DREAM Act: I Know God Has My Back

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I took the train to my Mom’s house last night, hoping to help her with some of the chores, but ran out of funds. I jetted to my local bank, where a security guard sat there in a thick coat and an orange vest, calling a family member who obviously relayed some family gossip to him. He replied, “… well, I wouldn’t be here doing all these jobs, then. I …