I found this post by Diane Ravitch last week and meant to re-blog it then, but … well, you all know how short my memory is! Anyway, like Diane, I am WOKE and wish more people were! Thank you, Diane, for this inspiring post!
I am tired of rightwing politicians distorting our language to suit their bigoted ideology.
They have the nerve, for example, to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke at the March on Washington in 1963 and said he hoped for the day when his children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Dr. King was projecting a vision of a world without racism, when people would see each other as friends, neighbors, and fellow human beings.
But rightwing politicians twist his words to insist that we should ignore racism right now, stop teaching about it, and pretend it does not exist. They use his words to justify prohibitions on teaching about or discussing the racism in the here and now. They use his appeal for an unrealized future to blind us to a cruel present.
I propose that we make…
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