I am a white female transplant to the Heart of Dixie. I teach black kids and my story is NOT like Freedom Writers. I am not here to "save them" or "fix them" or educate them about how to fit in to mainstream white society. In 2015, I think a lot of white people are confused about the history of race and race-related terrorism in America. And that's ok...but you need to educate yourself! If you are more concerned with the death of Cecil the Lion than the systematic murder and disenfranchisement of African-Americans in this country then now is the time to learn more! Talk to people who think differently! Actually LISTEN to people of color and what they are telling you. Don't just watch the news--read more about issues and ask people your questions. That's what The Listserve is about, right? Recognizing our humanity and connecting with each other.
Some Google-ables to get you started:
"This comic will change the way you look at privilege forever"
"Peggy McIntosh, The Invisible Knapsack"
"Ta-Nehisi Coates. the Case for Reparations"
"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass
Love and light,
Montgomery, Alabama, USA