The New York Post may not like it, but it sounds like NYC School Chancellor Richard Carranza’s training is making all the right points.
“The training is not focused on white supremacy and white privilege,” Carranza said after a City Council budget hearing on Monday, referring to his larger campaign. “It’s about what are our biases and how we work with them. . . . White employees who object when accused of harboring deep-seated bias are branded ‘fragile’ and ‘defensive,’ one insider who received the training has said. But Carranza said on Monday that such skeptics often don’t realize their own biases until they are forced to confront them and that they are likely the ones who need the training the most.”
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“Ambiguity has always been a friend to racism,” writes former professional ball player, MLB analyst, lecturer at Yale University, and contributing opinion writer, Doug Glanville (New York Times, May 19, 2019). It was his response to an incident earlier in the month when a Cubs fan caught on camera behind Glanville made an upside-down “O.K.” sign with his hand, a “sign soon morphed into a genuine expression of white supremacy.” Glanville goes on to explain how incidents like these in the lives of people of color form a pattern of racism, incidents too often dismissed by those who do not share these experiences. Read his op ed by clicking here.
SURJ-NJ has been supporting the Indigenous gardening network for the past 3 summers. We’re looking for some additional volunteers to join us this year. The commitment is pretty minimal – only about 1/2 hour to an hour a week to water/weed – but it’s an opportunity to be part of important anti-racism work. It’s a gift that Indigenous people, such as the Ramapough, are willing to let white people help with gardening, given our history of violence. This is a kid-friendly activity, and a great way to teach your families about sustainability. If you’re interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .