The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students
“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.”
It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school would hold such thoughts, much less say it aloud. But the fact is that many of us as educators have heard this and worse from some of our colleagues.
This comment surfaced during a recent training titled “Undoing Racism,” where we discussed the increasing diversity of suburban districts around Indianapolis, where I live.
But as harmful as that kind of statement is, very few teachers are brazen enough to express their racist thoughts out loud. If teachers express bias at all, particularly White teachers, they do so silently or even unconsciously—implicitly. But that doesn’t mean it is any less harmful to the students we serve.