“Learning Spanish from a white woman? I wish I could go back and tell my students not to learn power or correctness from this white woman”
At some point, you have to wonder if some of these woke teacher types are just trying to outdo each other. This almost seems like parody.
The Blaze reports:
‘Anti-racist’ white teacher stopped teaching Spanish to students because she is ‘dismantling white supremacy in society’
A white teacher proclaimed that she is “dismantling white supremacy in society” by not teaching Spanish to her students. The anti-racist teacher proclaimed that she is holding herself accountable for her skin color by grappling with her own “internalized white supremacy.”
Jessica Bridges is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. She made “anti-racism and white women’s complicity” her dissertation topic.
Bridges spoke at Southern Connecticut State University’s Virtual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, a two-day event in late April that focused on “Gender, Race, Community & Conflict: Pursuing Peace and Justice.” The conference included presentations such as “Diverging Feminisms: Engaging Transnational/Translational Activism,” “Sex, Work, & Care as Resistance in the Age of Capitalism,” “Undoing the White Settler-Colonial Gaze: Asserting Gendered, Racialized, and Radicalized Body Autonomy,” “Understanding Your Vicarious Trauma during COVID-19 and Beyond,” and “Igniting Social Justice, Community Engagement, and Diversity within the Neoliberal Academy.”
Bridges spoke during the “White Accountability & Anti-Racist Education” presentation.
The meeting started off with a “land acknowledgment,” which is a “formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories,” according to Northwestern University.
“Dismantling white supremacy in society looks like dismantling in my heart, first,” Bridges said, as reported by the Post Millennial. “It means I’m not going to teach Spanish. Accountability is ongoing because there is not end to the process.”
It should be noted that the Spanish language came from Europe. It was a mix of Latin language and local languages of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, including Celts and Iberians, according to Lingvist.
“Learning Spanish from a white woman? I wish I could go back and tell my students not to learn power or correctness from this white woman,” she said of herself. “I would tell them to stand in their own power. White isn’t right.”
Today, Oklahoma State University educator's statements at a virtual conference of educators:
-"White people aren't right"
-"Racism originates with and is perpetuated by white people"
-"Mourning her white morality"
This is what Critical Race Theory looks like in the classroom. pic.twitter.com/hH4u2f5idR
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) May 29, 2021
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