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1 Does Racism Still Exist? Examining the history of race relations in America and its impact on education today

2 Rules of Engagement (Curtis Singleton) Four Agreements: 1. Stay engaged. 2. Expect to Experience Discomfort 3. Speak Your Truth 4. Expect and Accept a Lack of Closure 3P's and A: Pause, Paraphrase, Probe, Acknowledge

3 Group questions to consider 1) What is race? What were the messages you heard growing up about your race? Other races? Do you think these messages about race are based on physical characteristics and differences assigned at birth or are filtered through cultural beliefs and learned? Explain. 2) Do you believe the United States is a racist society? Why or why not? How would you define racism, anyway? Is it a societal and institutional phenomenon, or a personal, individual mindset? Perhaps both? 3) What is privilege? How can it be applied to race in the U.S.? What about North Penn? Who has it? Who does not? How can people with privilege affect society in ways that people without privilege cannot?

4 Race and Politics in 2012 blacks#comments

5 Tim Wise: White Privilege and the Creation of Racism Erasure of Race in Politics and Culture (0:00-13:15) White Denial (13:22-26:14) Unburdened by Race (26:15-32:56) Creation of Whiteness (33:00-42:20) Our Response (53:40-57:00) (check out the comments for assessment of racial attitudes today)

6 White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh 1. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. 2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area that I can afford and in which I would want to live. 3. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. 4. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. 5. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented in both positive and negative ways. 6. When I am told about our national heritage or civilization, I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

7 7. I can be sure that I will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of my race. 8. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods that fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can deal with my hair. 9. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability. 10. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.

8 11. I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes or not answer letters without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race. 12. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial. 13. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race. 14. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group. 15. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color, who constitute the worlds' majority, without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

9 16. I can criticize our administration and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider. 17. I can be sure that if I ask to talk to "the person in charge" I will be facing a person of my race. 18. If a police officer pulls me over, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race. 19. I can easily buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children's magazines featuring people of my race. 20. I can go home from most school meetings or clubs I want to join feeling somewhat tied in rather than isolated, out of place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared.

10 21. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having coworkers on the job suspect that I got it because of race. 22. I can choose public accommodations without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen. 23. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my race will not work against me. 24. If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones. 25. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in flesh color that more or less matches my skin.

11 Creating Schools Where Race Does Not Matter by Pedro Noguera 1. Toward A New Understanding of Race and its Influence on Academic Achievement A Tale of Two Districts: 2. Gardenville 3. Riverview Race and Achievement in School 4. Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap and The Role of District Leadership in Closing the Achievement Gap

12 Using this discussion to examine North Penn Policies and Practices (discipline, special ed/gifted referrals, leveling, etc.) School Culture Test Scores/Achievement Gap Activities: Tim Wise, Invisible Knapsack Teaching Tolerance Point/Counterpoint

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