Recently i’ve been faced with a lot people associating poverty exclusively with minorities and using “urban” to describe minorities or poverty or both, even. Being someone who grew up in relative/urban/situational poverty for most of my childhood, this enrages me. Being someone who has decided to dedicate her life to education and advocacy, this enrages me.
I hate the notion of “intelligence” in regards to the notoriety of your education, meaning, I hate people who regard students educated in a public school system as “less than” those who can afford private education. To be completely honest, some of my most intelligent students where considered “illiterate” per the standards enforced by this country’s dependence on testing.
I hate that institutionalized racism has taught students that white people are the only ones deserving of great opportunities. That the “whiter” you are, the more you will accomplish in life. That when you are white you have everything. I hate that institutionalized racism exists and I hate what it continues to create.
Hate IS a strong word and, so far, I have seen way too much hate in the world so far. Hate cultivated by government organizations, by privilege, and by this country’s lack of commitment to the idea of the American Dream. The idea that anyone can come to this country and accomplish great things for themselves and their families.
In my lifetime, I want to see all of these things change. Lets help create change. Will you create change with me?