Practicing Hope
He's Just 17

Vermilya, Shelley
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/04/practicing-hope/

Publisher:  Counter Punch
Date Written:  04/12/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17070

It seems like teachers want to do the right thing and, along with most white people, they don’t want to say the wrong thing about race (or class or LGBT or adoption or disabilities) so they just don’t bring it up. Most white folks I know here don’t see any evidence of racism unless someone points to specific incidents or talks through the issues, like Driving While Black or Shopping While Black. Even then, some of my white friends, and many of my students, get exasperated, “Racism is so old-school,” I’ve been told. They don’t want to believe that racism exists. This essay is for them, and for my kids.

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