An interesting way to end racism

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Tealana Ronn

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I am Tealana Ronn. I love writing, baking, Christmas, movies, poetry. I am obsessed with Matthew Gray Gubler, Transformers, Lady Gaga, and Sons of Anarchy. I love living, and helping others!

2 thoughts on “An interesting way to end racism

  1. mattcleland says:

    I agree with your sentiment, but not with the conclusion, I think. You’re totally right that you allow something like race to impact you.

    I think we can all say that racism still exists, but so does sexism and heterosexism and a million other prejudices. There will always be some intolerant fool to slander some innocent. But, thankfully, our generation has gotten over race.

    I think it’s really only an issue because the last generation is still stuck in the civil rights movement. The Black Caucus in Congress was heroic in the 1950s. But 60 years later it’s antiquated and out of place. And even a little offensive if we were to fixate on it. But really it flies against the equality that good people, like Dr. King, fought for. When we give special treatment to someone based on their skin pigmentation — even positive things — we are perpetuating the fantasy of race, and thusly perpetuating the racism that accompanies it.

    Slavery, though, is a part of our history. Like the Holocaust. We can’t erase the bad and dupe our kids into thinking that the world is always beautiful all the time. Students can learn powerful, impactful, transformative, and positive lessons from horrible things, like slavery. Through something like slavery (and its end) we can reinforce a respect for human dignity in our students — which would, hopefully, combat any vestiges of racism and other prejudices.

    I think, instead, we need to approach the subject of race itself differently. It needs to be made clear that it was the product of a pseudo-science, ages ago debunked. Like the earth being round, we recognize that there were older and misguided theories about how the world worked.

    We can even tackle these issues in our classrooms. Race is an archaic concept that is very much active in Huck Finn. How is Huck’s perception of people different from our perceptions today? What does race mean to Huck? Why is race irrelevant to us today? These are valid historiographical questions to ask students as you help them explicate a thorny issue like race.

    If we put “race” in its proper historical context, we can finally move past old prejudices and construct a better world through our students. I’m glad you brought this up though — I feel we often have to tip-toe around this issue at CSU.

  2. tealanaronn says:

    Thanks, Matt! I really liked your response to my post!

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