I want you to note how many likes and dislikes follow the conversation and you begin to understand part of the reason we have serious social problems in America. Much love to the two sisters (distinguished women of substance) who decided to take the bull by the horn in their own little ways to raise the moral tone of an otherwise pitiable humanity; thank you Barbara (Trepagnier) and Karen (Saupe).
Silent Racism: If This Doesn't Prick Your Conscience, Nothing May.
I appreciated the youtube conversation about racism solutions. "If we started interrupting it fearlessly..." sounds like a start. It is vital in our society to learn our history to see how racism really works institutionally. "All whites benefit from institutional racism. All whites benefit from institutions that favor whites" Barbara. "People at the top of the institutions make racist decisions." When you are in a relationship and a racist remark comes up, we must discuss it right then. Example: Black students put in special education classes because of "behavior problems" is racist.
Thank you, Denise. Please take my curiosity in good faith. When you say "Black students put in special education classes because of 'behavior problems' is racist," I am tempted to request for clarification. Does the charge still hold if, for example, there are other white and non-black students with identical 'behavior problems' placed in the same special ed classes? What happens if such 'behavior problems' are actually properly diagnosed by certified professionals in students irrespective of their color or race and remedial approaches such as these special ed classes taken to address them? Would you still necessarily regard these moves as racist? Again, please take this 'Devil's Advocate' line of thinking as genuinely intended to further the discourse on this important issue of taming the monster of (silent) racism. Thank you.
The disproportionate number of Black students placed in special education classed ha s been suspect for years. http://newsone.com/1509105/black-children-special-education/
"There may be biases in teacher
referrals: males and African-American students
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Thank you, Denise. I traced the articles whose links you provided to their original sources and read the full accounts. I shall be following developments on the pending lawsuit alleging disproportionate placement of African American students in special ed classes for what is termed behavioral problems. Thank you.