Juneteenth 2020

I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020

How White Bias Gets Institutionalized in Literature Classes Conclusion: A Change Is Gonna Come

I believe that one of the major reasons for the current political conflict and strife is this chart above. As I explained in yesterday’s post, this shows projections by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that in 2028, only 44% of public school students will be white. That white students are now a minority … More How White Bias Gets Institutionalized in Literature Classes Conclusion: A Change Is Gonna Come

How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 4 – Let’s Look at Some Numbers

While I’m sure there are other factors I could discuss, I’m going to finish my series on ways that white bias gets institutionalized in literature studies by looking at some of the data about public schools today. Let’s start by looking at teachers. According the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), the premier source of … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 4 – Let’s Look at Some Numbers

How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: An Introduction

“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”—Squire Bill Widener (although usually attributed to President Theodore Roosevelt, who quoted Widener in his 1913 Autobiography) “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe (first African American tennis player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: An Introduction