Abby Fisher: Yes, Education in Texas (and else where) Does Need to Change

By Grace O’Malley. 

Teach American history properly and we won’t have white people who believe in “reverse racism.”

It is worth noting that the majority of the Black Lives Matter protests that have gained attention and momentum have been in cities outside of the historical South: Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oakland.

As it turned out, the North was not the benevolent haven my grade school and high school textbooks taught me it was. If only the slaves could escape to the North, I learned, everything would be okay. But the North wasn’t exactly a great place for runaway slaves during the time of the civil war. It wasn’t that great for black people during Jim Crow either, or during Great Migration, or today. The neighborhoods and schools remain segregated, the income gap between black and white remains steep. Police violence against black men remains a constant in these cities.

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Moments of Awakening

By Grace O’Malley. 

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of white people in the fight for racial justice.

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That our nation needs to undergo large-scale structural change is obvious. The systemic discrimination of black and brown people has been well documented by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Bruce Western, and others. People have been talking about it, been writing about it, been protesting about it. Our criminal justice system is fucked. We’re building for-profit prisons while we chip away at our commitment to public education. We criminalize poverty and homelessness, conditions that our policies and economy create. Our society has explicit biases that keep people of color in the lowest rungs of society. We do not live in a post-racial society.

But how are we to change this? What is the role of white people in this movement?

I know that the nation needs to change its laws and policies. But to do this, don’t we also need to change people’s minds?

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