As a school, we remain committed to teaching ourselves and out students the history and danger of oppression. Our oldest class, led by Mr. Afzaal, has been using the book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, as a way to explore race and racism in a book club format. Each week, they have been reading certain selections and discussing their roles as active, informed, and engaged antiracists in their daily lives.
Discussions have ranged from John Locke's early racist views and how they still echo today, to Pennsylvania Mennonites and their early abolitionist stances, to Bacon's Rebellion and how a racially divided working class was designed to keep wealthy enslavers in power. The group has also discussed early forms of white privilege and its role still in our world today.
We'll continue to share weekly updates of some incredibly beautiful and enlightening quotes from our students:
“No one has the right to tell anyone how to live their lives.” - Dana on assimilation
“It’s not about changing other people, it’s about seeing how you yourself have changed.” Coleman on doing the work