Discussing Race for MLK Day

This year we are working our way slowly toward fuller discussions of race, class, gender: factors complicating identity which matter in an authentic and deep education for each student. All students must feel safe and welcomed: that seems like an easy idea. But to really do it, and not just gloss over the complications, is not as easy. Acknowledging the whiteness of the Dublin environment and many of Dublin's assumptions, and the impact of that on all of our students, is something we are working on. This year, to try to take the conversation deeper, and to try to live forward the ringing words of Dr. King,  Mr. Bates spoke about this topic at morning meeting, introducing the idea of white privilege into our discourse. We then looked at the Race Card wall, a project launched by Michele Norris of NPR, which contains electrifying statements, and has brought to light a national dialogue which is truer than any I have  witnessed to date. It is an evolving structure built of 6-Word Statements about each participant's history. Here is the link: http://theracecardproject.com/category/race-card/. Students then wrote statement of their own in English classes. As we continue to be inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, such dialogue, wrought in truth and courage, will show us the way to realize his dreams.