The other day I asked my two Black children if they ever had any antiracist teachers. They paused, unsure how to answer. After an extended silence, I asked them if their teachers ever did anything racist.
“Definitely,” they said. My daughter reminded me of something that happened when she was in fifth grade, which I've shared here with her permission.
It pained me to hear about my daughter’s experience, and I hope someday that every teacher has the antiracist competence to respond.
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