Ok, so I don’t blog much, and I also stay so busy that I don’t get super passionate about things that I have no control over. But this week…….. Whew! I expect to lose at least a couple of my “followers” over this one, but I don’t really care.
This week, I was listening to a fantastic podcast, and was really enjoying the content. Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones (@nhannajones) works for the New York Times, and is doing amazing work on calling attention to the education system in our country. Hearing her insights in the beginning of the podcast struck a chord within me that just kept resonating as she was talking – I was fired up and already trying to figure out what I could do to help make a difference.
You see, what Ms. Hannah-Jones has a passion for, is the desegregation of our schools to help improve every aspect of education. That’s right, here we are, more than 60 years later, and still facing an issue that truly should not be an issue anymore. Her statistics and insights make nothing but good sense, and it all made me wonder what I can do to help.
My thoughts were all over the place, but with so much excitement: “Such simple changes can affect the lives of countless children?” “Why are we not already doing this simple thing?” “How can I, “just a mom”, help with this initiative?”
Then, all of a sudden, the entire tone changed. The podcast then went to a town hall in the middle of a place where this was about to happen, where things were about to change for the better – and my heart ended up in my throat. The racist bigotry that began pouring through my speakers as I listened to what people were saying in this town hall…….made me so sad for who we are as a society right now. That any human would say the things that these people were saying about another human being – just absolutely baffles my mind. How in the world are we still able to look at another race or creed and see ANYTHING other than another human being? With the same needs and wants, and every right to be considered equal – as a HUMAN? And to say these horrible things with a number of those children they were talking about sitting IN THE SAME PLACE, tied a knot in my stomach. How is it, in this day and age (the town hall was from 2013), is this still SUCH a rampant issue? I am disheartened, but still want to figure out how to help move this important issue forward in our society.
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”