Teaching Charlottesville

Read books. Lots of books, that tell the stories of People of Color, and women, and LGBTQIA, and all of them. Fill the silences and the absences with stories, for yourself and your children and the world.

Racism is alive and well in the US, and White supremacy must be dismantled.  That work can begin in classrooms across the country.  It must begin in classrooms because the majority of teachers are white and the majority of students are people of color (stats).  And many of those parents feel that White teachers aren’t meeting the needs of their children.  It must begin in classrooms where the students are White, so that those students do not perpetuate White supremacy and find a new way forward. The resources included below will help any teacher to do the individual work of reflecting on this painful and powerful moment in US history, and walk into the classroom the next day and do the work of teaching into this moment.

There are also links to Catholic responses and resources.  The Bishops’ pastoral letter on racism is quite clear:

Racism is not merely one sin among many; it is a radical evil that divides the human family and denies the new creation of a redeemed world.  To struggle against it demands an equally radical transformation, in our own minds and hearts as we ll as in the structure of our society.

Within Catholic spaces–parishes, schools, youth groups, and the like–Catholics are called, then, to engage the events in Charlottesville–their origins in racism and White supremacy–as a way of fighting this evil.  Because I teach preservice teachers at a Catholic institution that includes “social justice” as part of its mission, my teaching of how to teach Charlottesville, and the Catholic reasoning for such teaching, is all the more important.  This section, in particular, will be expanding in the coming weeks.

I’ll be adding to this resource list in the coming days and months and thanks to all who have been sharing similar links and relevant work.