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
In my last post, I told you that I would let you know what I thought about Colson Whitehead’s latest book, The Nickel Boys. It was the first book I checked out since the Wake County Library System had begun no-contact checking out books on hold since the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown. I had … More Book Review: The Nickel Boys
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
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
“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
For most of my 20s and 30s, I lived in Dupont Circle in the center of Washington DC. I participated in most of the big progressive protests or demonstrations of support during those days, and I saw my share of social unrest. If I were still living there and especially if I were still that … More How Could I Have Not Known?
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…–from “Mrs. Robinson” by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) I know my last post was dedicated to keeping up our spirits, but, wow… things have gotten so much darker than when I wrote that, which was only a few days ago. Then (mostly … More In Troubled Times, Our Nation Turns to…Trevor?