Black women. Tone. Education. Repeat after me. For the past few months, I have been a member of Facebook's Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher. From my assessment, this is a predominantly White, conservative Facebook book created by Arizona resident, Jamie Sears. Last night, I posted about an issue pertinent to K-12 education, and if those keys could TALK. I was berated by White women. One actually typed, "WTF."
I have witnessed some wonderful posts in this forum; however, I have also read some that made me say, "There is no way in the hell could these women open the door for my children, let alone teach them." I sense that this is a group of White females who want to be applauded for their efforts, and if someone questions their teaching, they have to g-o.
Yesterday, I remained professional, and I continued to play Devil's advocate. These members did not realize that I am a college professor, and therefore, I will look at things from all angles. Fellow African American educators joined in the conversation, and they defended me. Now, y'all know that our posts were reported. One White female said that there were issues with my "tone."
Yesterday, I contacted one of her administrators. Now, y'all know that she has made it impossible for me to send her further messages.
White women. Fear of the black women. White women. Fear of strong, black women. We got tone. We got attitude. We just got BLACK.
This has reminded me of when I shared Dr. Manya Whitaker's article, "The Mammy in the Classroom" with my former colleagues. I want to know why it is okay for White, female educators to curse out African American female teachers, yet when a black woman defends herself, she is removed from a group? My concern is that these educators are teaching children of color.
I brought this to the attention of the Wimpy's creator, Jamie Sears. Indeed, she has read my remarks on Facebook. I receive notification of that. Yet, have I received a response?
I received a screenshot where members were told to read the group's rules and type "nice" after doing so.
American educators, 2017.
3 +3 equals what? What number do we need to carry?
Per my assessment, Mrs. Sears is not prepared to engage in discourse regarding why she removed me, yet she has kept each and every member who disrespected me in the thread. Members have privately messaged and informed me, "You did nothing wrong." I sent Mrs. Sears an email, and I provided my phone number.
Did I receive a response? Of course, I did not. You simply have a group of Caucasian females who do not appreciate that a black woman did not pat them on the back. Per my assessment, the page's creator co-signed on this inappropriate behavior when she removed me.
Intersectionality is imperative. By my removal, Mrs. Spears failed to provide a forum where educators, from all ethnicities, could discuss an important topic. Instead, she and her administrators created a thread today encouraging educators to "be nice."
Mrs. Sears, that is just so "nice" of you. From my assessment, by removing me, you are fostering racism in education, and it sickens me that you have anything to do with educating children and mentoring teachers. I would encourage you to possibly take a graduate course, at ASU, pertaining to Multicultural Education. Black teachers are out here supporting you on Teachers Pay Teachers, and this is how you treat African American educators.
America's educators and educational system in 2017.