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Recently, as you probably know, Dr. Seuss's estate chose to stop printing a few of his older books that had offensive racial stereotypes. There was huge backlash from white people, including teachers here, screaming "cancel culture!" Now we have a white guy who murdered eight Asians in custody, unharmed; while the police officer who killed an African American man for allegedly trying to pass a bad check is about to go on trial. Full disclosure: I'm white. But I'm still enraged by all this. You?

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NJ, the issue that enrages me is that so few people understand the dynamics at play. People outraged due to the Dr. Seuss books but not at the deaths of people of color at the hands of members of the dominant culture. It’s all due to racism and the truth is there is only the human race and we come in many shades. I’m glad you’re outraged; we should all be outraged. It’s a start toward the end of racist behavior and values. Let’s navigate this road together.

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You’re so right! It’s great that you choose to be a voice of reason and yes, it gets tiring. I want to tell you to take care of yourself, and thanks, and keep doing right by your students but you didn’t share your thoughts to get a pep talk, right? Anyway... Do right by your students and take care of yourself. Thank you for being a voice of reason. 😍 And, please, share any info regarding underrepresented composers so that we can be a resource for each other.

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I am absolutely heartbroken that so many people of color are devalued. I applaud the Seuss Estate for making a bold statement--that any hint of racism cannot be allowed to take root. I keep hearing this ¨All lives matter"thing, and I think that until black lives, and brown lives and yellow lives and red lives matter, then no lives matter. We, as a culture, have to do better. We have to learn to love that which is different. The OTHER is not bad, it is simply unknown, and we cannot continue to fight amongst ourselves if we are going to heal. I don't pretend to understand the prejudice that people of color face on the day-to-day, but I have, as a gay woman, felt prejudice directed at me. I can say that it does not feel good. Thing is--I can hide if I do not think someone is going to accept me. A person of color cannot. What needs to be said though, is that we all have prejudices. We all have the irrational fear of _________. Our job as good and loving people is to acknowledge those prejudices and refuse to act on them--refuse to let the prejudice rule our lives.

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I’m not sure it’s entirely irrational. I think some people know how bad bipoc have been treated and fear the retribution that could follow should power shift. So, instead of building better relationships to create a better stronger society, they dig in like ticks on a dying dog taking our country with them.

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I find the lack of unwillingness to introspect to find out hidden prejudices and racial blinders frustrating. It feels like it is such an imposition to ask people to stop and show empathy toward other human beings. I truly do not understand how so many consider themselves “good Christians” yet can not follow one of the most important teachings: love. So many verses are centered around: loving one’s neighbor, treating others the way we want to be treated, the greatest of these is love...I am truly sickened by that hypocrisy.

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I like to begin conversations with a sharing of my own biases. I argue that bias is unavoidable if you grew up in American culture. However, it can be mitigated, and managed in a way that changes knee-jerk thoughts and reactions. As you mention, introspection is key. We can’t unlearn what we refuse to acknowledge.

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Behavior, like anything else, can be taught and learned in a positive way... I wish more adults understood that.

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I don't see what one has to do with the other. I have a problem with everything being changed. My state flag has been changed because he was seen of as racist (Mississippi), the statues that I grew up navigating New Orleans by have been taken down. Books that I grew up with have been taken out of print. Where is my right as a white person to not have everything I have always known changed because one day people woke up and decided those things are racist? I have never looked at these things and thought about racism. They have just always been. They are/were part of my world and now they are gone. And yes, no one should murder anybody regardless of race on either side of the weapon.

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Anything that will help open up the mind is helpful! Please feel free to add more books to the list fellow teachers :)

Arkansas 💯

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