Through years and years of silencing, I learned that people's hidden biases will attempt to silence the voices of women of colour. Society has conditioned them to believe that our voices do not fall under dominant hegemonic cultural expectations, and therefore aren't worthy of being heard. I chose this image of Black Muslim sister, Blair … Continue reading Do Not Silence Women of Colour
“In a sense the limitations of Orientalism are, as I said earlier, the limitations that follow upon disregarding, essentializing, denuding the humanity of another culture, people, or geographical region.” ~ Edward Said The first time I read Edward Said's "Orientalism" was when I was doing my Master's in Literature, back in 2008. I remember signing … Continue reading The Toughest Lessons Learned: Conversations on Race
This post was originally published on José Vilson's blog. “Your silence will not protect you” Audre Lorde calls for our silence to be transformed into language and action in her 1977 speech. But if our silence will not protect us, then why do we hold on to it for comfort? Why do revert to silence … Continue reading Show Solidarity with Words & Actions
As we get ready for a new start to the school year, we look back on some of the most important issues to cover, and learn more about how to support educators and students to reflect on some of the best practices for supporting their own growth of understanding the world around them. Equitable … Continue reading Supporting First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Education: How do we maintain momentum that is driving us toward change?
This post was originally published for Teacher2Teacher. Have you ever walked into a room full of people and you were the only one that looked visibly different? If you haven’t, chances are you’re lucky, maybe even privileged to not have ever been in this position, but I encourage you to read on and walk in … Continue reading Why We Should Care About Equity & Social Justice as Educators
“My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, ignoring it, feeding upon it, learning to use it before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life. Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight. My fear of anger taught me nothing. Your fear of that anger … Continue reading Stop Tone-Policing
I tweeted something out today when I saw the #GrowingUpWithMyName hashtag trending. (I usually like to play along with those twitter games when they trend, because why not?). This hashtag though resonates with me, because growing up with my name was not the easiest thing to go through. It still isn’t, believe it or not. … Continue reading Growing up with my name
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 … Continue reading Where are my people at?
I read this article last night and it literally made me sick on so many levels. The ignorance of people and racist ideologies are one thing to deal with outside of school, but when your classmates, teachers, your entire school is racist that's another thing. A student recited the US pledge of allegiance in Arabic, … Continue reading Apologize for being you