Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete

Introduction The exploitation of Black men has been a reality in America since the first slave ship docked from Africa.  Since then, black men have been used, not only for the economic gain of their oppressor, but as a cruel and degrading form of entertainment.  The lynching of Black people, the burning of Black bodies, … More More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete