I have a new piece up at Clutch Magazine
ABC News, “I did feel overwhelmed because I didn’t know that it would become this huge.”
The fact that her grades declined after handing in this essay adds validity to the charges of racism that Williams bravely made in her essay. RCSD Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, who is clearly on the defensive, stated that, “Teachers, regardless of their color, are able to teach us.” Most of the teachers in the Rochester district are white. Although teachers are forced to take sensitivity classes, regardless of their intent, the fact remains that they have been raised in a culture steeped in white supremacy.
This incident will serve as a very harsh teaching lesson to young Jada. Though Whiteness has attempted to claim that we are post-racial, or that we have at least reached the point where the kind of virulent racism experienced by Blacks during slavery and Jim Crow has so severely declined as to make it negligible, ongoing attacks against racial minorities continue to be pervasive in almost every social institution – the exception, of course, being inside (some) Black families. This means that charges of racism are often reduced to the minority in question being too sensitive or playing the so-called “race card” to invoke sympathy.
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research reported in 2006 that the graduation rate for the year 2003 was seventy percent. When the numbers are divided by race and gender however, the success rate drops drastically.