“If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this country” —Jane Elliott
"These words by anti-racist educator Jane Elliott are taken from her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992 as part of a rebuke where she informs the audience of the many uncelebrated contributions by people of color to civilization. She takes to task a school system that she labels “racist” for overstating the achievements of Europeans and deliberately reinforcing the notion of White supremacy. It’s hard to argue with her logic. I've always liked to think of history as one big group picture, similar to one you’d take at your family reunion. As soon as it’s taken and shown, the first thing everyone wants to know is, “Where am I?” When we crop out certain groups of people, we inadvertently tell them they don’t belong or their stories are unimportant. From the outset of my class I’d promise, “Everybody is going to learn about themselves in here.” I didn’t just mean individually, but historically, because my belief is we all come from great people. What is apparent however, is that most are not exposed to history from diverse perspectives. The belief in White Supremacy has been facilitated through a severe miseducation process. The accomplishments of people of color are hidden in our everyday curriculum and contribute to notions of inferiority. In the end, I’m in agreement with Jane Elliott. Nobody is born racist, it is taught. It’s likely introduced in the household, but is certainly reinforced in the schools. As teachers, we may not know how much racism is kept alive both by what we teach and don’t teach. I tried to confront the biases embedded in my curriculum for the sake of all my students. I can only hope more educators will be emboldened to do the same." (James E. Ford, Education Post via @discriminology)
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Making a colorful, loving mess as opposed to a hateful white mess Looking at you GOP
It's 2017 your primitive ideals are not welcome here... I've witnessed plenty of racism in my 29 years of being on this earth and one thing my parents taught me was to never hate someone because of how they looked, acted or if they believed in something different than I did. That's just how dope my people are. I'll never ever be ashamed of who I am. Proud Black Boy
We are one, but we are many,
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We'll share a dream and sing with one voice,
"I am, you are, we are Australian."
Song: I Am Australian
Written by: Bruce Woodley
Performed by many
These are words I grew up, the lyrics to a song for a 1980's campaign I can't remember. I believe these words and see the beauty in every person.
Every person has value, beauty and worth.
Let the light of your neighbour shine.
"Unity in Diversity" is coming to a masjid near you!
Islamic Arts Society has started a community art project that will tour different masjids, schools and events throughout the Houston area in the upcoming weeks. Community members, both adults and children, will get a chance to make their mark on this communal art piece.
Art is a common language that binds diverse communities.
The goal of this project is to highlight and celebrate the unity in our diverse Houston community. .
We will be debuting this project at Jummah prayers this Friday at Maryam Islamic Center. .
Come and make your mark!
*Recommended donation is a $1 or more for participation