I used to participate in Twitter chats often. My favourites were #whatisschool & #edchat, a few others too but those mainly. They weren’t really my favourite so much as that they happened at the right time.
When I used to be go on these chats, most people are generally friendly & kind. I am still friends with a few of them. But I always asked myself:
“Where are my people at?”
Then one day I saw someone had retweeted something from Ilana Horn about a twitter chat on race called #educolor. Needless to say, I booked it in my calendar and made sure I attended this chat. Because race. Wow, who talks about that in education on Twitter?
I joined #educolor that night. That night I found my people.
They understood what it’s like to need support as a person of colour.
They understood what it’s like to want to be heard.
They understood what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.
Cornelius’ tweet says it all.
After my first #educolor chat, I was inspired to write this post, shortly after I was invited to join the #educolor fam, and that has helped me to speak up and use my voice. You see, that’s been a struggle for me. But that’s changing slowly now.
#Educolor is the place to be when it’s happening. But it’s more than that. It’s a movement, and it gives educators if colour a sense of belonging to a place in the digital world. It’s a safe space to resort to when things get tough. But it’s also a space to learn and raise awareness about racism and injustice.
The best part of #Educolor?
It’s about truth. Hard truths that many choose to dismiss and ignore and sometimes pretend that they don’t exist.
I am writing this now because no matter how little one thinks their impact is in this world, that small bit makes a big difference. And if it makes a difference even to one person, then you made all the difference.