book review- Equity 101: the framework by Curtis Linton

I am writing this book review after reading the first three chapters, which I feel has given me enough information to thoroughly understand Linton’s message. I believe that this book is helpful- it defines what equity truly means and serves as a resource to understand and be conscious of privilege. This is a good book to start off reading, especially for the typical educator, whom is white, suburban and has little to no experience interacting with anyone who is not white. There is one major problem of this book- Linton is constantly arguing that black students can achieve. This is problematic. As a high achieving black college student, I know that black students can achieve. But why do people think otherwise? I recently listened to Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History: Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment and one of the thing Gladwell talks about is this idea that black students cannot achieve. Glad well argues that the decision of Brown vs the Board of Education was that segregated school were wrong because they left black schools (and indirectly the students that attended them) were inferior. The court went on to say that educating black students separately caused retard the educational and mental develop of black students. This ruling was not what the families wanted- they simply wanted the ability to send their children to whatever school they wanted. But this principle is based off of a popular ideology. This ideology comes from slavery and the idea that blacks were inferior therefore selling them was acceptable. In my opinion, this is why Linton arguing that black students can achieve is problematic. But I do believe that this book is a good introduction to the issue. I just think that Gladwell did a better job explaining the issue. Black students are just as capable as white students. The lack of: opportunities, teachers who think the students are capable of achieving and resources leaves black students behind. But what I liked was that Gladwell mentioned a solution to the problem indirectly- black teachers. After schools were integrated almost half of the black teacher population was fired, which left black students at a disadvantage. As a graduate of a black school system I can confidently say the experience shaped me as a whole, made me proud of who I am and nurtured my mind and soul. I had strong black women as role models, in my family and in my schools. This shaped me. Gladwell discusses how having one black teacher between third and fifth grade decreases the drop out rate for black males by 39%. Black teachers are important and positively affect black children. So after listening to this podcast and reading some of Linton’s book I can confidently say that: 1. I am so proud to be a black teacher 2. white teachers need to work diligently to educate themselves on issues they are not aware of. Teachers need to love what they do and be willing to really help their students. But the first thing is removing the biases and searching for them (often they are subconscious biases). My message to white teachers is to please educate yourselves- we need you to understand yourself, our community and be open. What you were taught about us is only part of the picture and if you open your mind and heart, you will be able to see the whole picture. 

Sexualization of Women

Women are people too. Society has decided that women are objects and are to be looked at as sexual objects (even though humans as a whole are sexual beings). The picture below my best friend sent me, as we were talking about how ridiculous this whole idea of women being objects is. It was after a bunch of girls at the program were sent upstairs to go change for having on shorts (mind you, all bottoms were covered). I was ranting about how it’s ridiculous because it was 90 degrees and I was being told to change because I wasn’t supposed to be a distraction or to attract males. I think the idea of women having to be covered is silly. Because it’s my body and I should be allowed to wear whatever I want. I’m seventeen years old and if you are sexualizing me you’re the problem. The root of the problem is the fact that males are taught to look and judge a woman based off of what she has on. Males are taught it’s okay to do things that aren’t okay. What needs to happen is an enlightenment of our thinking. There needs to be a change in how women are looked it (especially because we are the bearers of all life and extremely important). Women should be praised just as men are. There’s also the issues with how women are degraded and placed into gender roles (as well as men are). It’s unnecessary and quiet frankly stupid. I believe that people are who they are, and they shouldn’t be placed into these categories that degrade them. Acceptance is key to moving forward as a generation. Meaning that you have to step outside of your comfort zone to learn to appreciate and understand other ways of living. Stay open minded.

  

Bruce Jenner

I know all the blogs will be talking about Bruce after his interview with Diane Sawyer last night. I watched the whole interview with my sister and I must say it was amazing. At first I had my biases, thinking that he was selfish because he knew and he got married and lied to his ex-wives and everything. I also felt like he was selfish for lying to his children. After watching, I completely support his movement. Because first off he said that he’s only ever been attracted to women (though he mentioned being asexual at the end as far as his current sexuality), so the attraction was real and that all of his wives knew (they all saw him cross-dressing). In addition to that he was caught by his children cross dressing. I think the whole situation wasn’t ideal for him, because he wasn’t being honest with himself and it really hurt him. So I’m saying all this to say that Bruce Jenner has my support. Because he grew up in an age where he would’ve been looked down upon heavily. In today’s time it’s the most accepting than it’s ever been (we still have leaps and bounds to go but it takes time). Just be honest with yourself. Stay true to your heart and stay true to yourself. If you feel a certain way then act on it, express it (as long as it’s nonharming to you or others). So as the interview went on, ABC did a great job educating the community about the difference between sex and gender and gender-identity, et cetera. In my English class (my teacher is open minded lol), we talked about gender identity because one of the girls in my class is asexual and doesn’t want to be identified as a female (I’m only using the she pronoun because I don’t want to name names). The class was pretty accepting of it and I definefetly listened with open ears. I knew she was asexual because we talked about it in like Decemeber, so it was just more or less like a continuing conversation. I just think that everyone has an inner desire to be accepted and loved and the way to be loved is to love yourself and love others. Back to the interview, one thing they mentioned was children saying that they are transgender. I discussed it with my sister and we both had the same mindset on it. We said that if our children wanted to cross dress that’d be perfectly fine, but we wouldn’t allow the actual surgery until they’re old enough to pay for it and sign for it themselves. I said this because that’s a life altering decision and I would want to make sure my child is sure about it, because there is no going back. One other thing I’d like to mention is the Wendy Willaims clip that’s been circulating on Twitter (I have the link to the full episode below). I get how it’s offensive because Bruce just came out the whole world, but he does need to be a parent. Bruce needs to work on himself but also help Kylie. His responsibilities as a parent aren’t going anywhere because he’s going to have a sex change that he wants and can pay for. Part of me is like no that’s so rude she shouldn’t have said that, but it’s like at the same time it’s Wendy Williams she says whatever she wants and she had a point. I say all this to say,I believe that everyone should be themselves and love themselves the most. I found the following picture on Twitter and I really felt it went with all of this! Stay open minded. You learn something new everyday.   http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HxphbncPzvI

Love and Acceptance

I just wanted to take this time to remember that you need love too. You are to give love and receive love. But you cannot expect someone to love you the way you desire to be loved. That is unrealistic, because everyone is a different person. Everyone’s self-expression, loves, likes, dislikes and abilities are unique. Accept everyone for who they really are. All love starts from self-love. You have to decide that you are worth loving. You are, I believe you are, but you need to know that. Another thing, accept others. Lately a big conversation between my younger sister and I has been about the LGBTQ community, and the difficulties they (unrightfully face). In my opinion, sexuality is just a part of who you are. It’s how you’re born. You are born, and eventually you find your likes, dislikes, and sexuality. It’s human nature and no one should be judged for it. I’m saying all of this to say, that love is love. No matter the form, the color, the size, or looks, love is love. When you love yourself you love the parts of you that are special, unique or different. This is how you should love someone else to, love them for them. This means that you are nonjudgemental towards others. You are in NO position to judge someone. You don’t know their story. Be kind. Be caring. Be loving. You don’t know what some kinds words will do to a person who’s upset. This means that you accept all positive people into your life. (Remember, you should surround yourself with those who are positive and good for you). Judging someone for something that makes them them is crazy. It is not acceptable. I understand that some say that those in the LGBTQ community are wrong, but to say that they are wrong for being who they are is wrong. Love everyone. It’s time for you to release the biases you have against others. Different isn’t bad; different is just different. Change is inevitable, and everyone you meet will not be like you (because in fact there is only one you). You just have to learn that accepting yourself and others will make you happy, and give you the peace you deserve. Everyone deserves love, true love, genuine love. Stay happy.

Feminism

Good morning! I hope all of you are well. This morning I really want to touch upon a topic that’s very dear to me: feminism. A couple days ago I came across the greatest picture ever (it’s my lock screen now). It addresses the issue with stereotypes for feminism. There is a notion that all feminists hate men, are homosexual and masculine. I do believe that there are feminists who are extremists and hate men, some feminists are homosexual and some feminists are masculine. But that’s not all feminists. This is not even mentioning the fact that some men are feminists too (which I believe is too often forgotten). I think the issue comes from the discrepancy of what feminism is. Feminism is the want for social, political and economic equality among the sexes. No where in that definition am I, as a feminist, to hate men. As a heterosexual female, for me to say that I hate men is nonsense. I love both men and women, I just believe that we are not being treated equally, and we need to be. Below I have attached the link to a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who I love and she is featured in Flawless by BeyoncĂ©. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc

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