Ok. So. I started a blog again. It’s been a long time coming.
What am I going to write about? Great question. Why do you think it has taken me so long to get this thing going? I have to start somewhere, so I guess I should just start with what’s on my mind, right?
Well, that’s basically everything.
What can I say that’s new? Nothing. And since there’s no shortage of blogs, articles, and other expressions of thoughts from white people, maybe I shouldn’t be saying anything at all.* Instead, I want to share some sources of important information, different perspectives, and stories from people who are not white (cis) males.
I am very hesitant to even have this blog, because I know that my voice automatically centers my whiteness and privilege, which is the opposite of what I want to do. But I have plenty of thoughts and my brain automatically curates lists of podcasts and books and articles, so I figured I could share them here. I also hope to include my own thoughts, questions, and reactions to possibly help further discussion or critical thinking for anyone who happens to stop by this corner of the internet. Ew, I can’t believe I just wrote that.**
I also hope to add some ways that these issues and perspectives can be incorporated in the classroom. As a former student (like basically everyone else in the world who is older than Kindergarten age), I know the subject matter can often feel irrelevant or too abstract to care about. But as a human adult (omg I’m over 30 now), I can finally see a lot of connections between current events and subjects in school. And I also happen to have a father who teaches World History to 10th graders (shout out to Mr. Hart!) and I’ve read his textbook and it does not do an adequate job of connecting stories from history to what’s actually happening in the world today.*** But more about that in another post. My point is that I want to provide some resources for teachers that will help their students engage with current events within the context of what they’re learning about in class. I don’t have any credentials, per se; just my brain and the internet. What could go wrong?
* This is a very real insecurity. I’m afraid of making it all about me when I actually want to center other (marginalized) voices. On the other hand, I do have a voice and I want to share it. Conflicting feelings. Classic.
**Yes, I know I could just delete it and no one would need to know. But I’m nothing if not honest and willing to embarrass myself in writing.
***It tries. It really does. But oh it falls ever so short.
ANYWAY. While you’re all waiting with bated breath for specific posts, I don’t want you to waste any time NOT knowing about these excellent podcasts from which I will draw a lot of content and inspiration. So go forth and listen:
One of my favorite podcasts is Another Round with Heben & Tracy. They are hilarious and insightful and just the most enjoyable while still addressing serious stuff.
“Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.”
See Something Say Something is a new podcast about the experience of being Muslim in America. I have to admit that I don’t have a community of Muslim friends, so I am not particularly familiar with their experiences. Ahmed shares many of their stories (as with any group, there is never just one narrative…duh) and provides a safe space for them to express anything and everything on their minds.
“Every week, Buzzfeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.”
For Colored Nerds is about all things nerdy and happens to be hosted by two people of color.
“The conversations that black people have when white people are not in the room. But we record them and put them on the internet.”
Code Switch incorporates the perspectives of many people of color and discusses current events through the lens of race and ethnicity.
“Remember when folks used to talk about being ‘post-racial’? Well, we’re definitely not that. We’re a team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.”