Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections?
In my position at our local school district, I have seen a lot of connections between poverty and educational opportunities. I have been witness to seeing how a teacher might treat a young man of color (Hispanic or Black) very different than that of a White young man, who is acting up in class. I have seen educational resources be allocated to White children and families in a different way than a family of color. I do believe that every town or city has a "red lining" issue. I hear phrases from other professionals that say, "oh they live on that side of town". We have a specific area that if a student lives there, we tend to over-generalize them into a group of "issue" students. The families that are red-lined in my community I believe has more to do with poverty than racism due to a majority of the families being White or a mixed family (as previously stated for the majority of the community I live in is a White community). When looking at our jail roster's (our city is between two counties) the majority of the mug-shots and inmates are of people of color. I was unaware of the "Law and Order" being in affect because I believe that the police are to "serve and protect" no matter the color of skin, religion affiliation, sexual orientation, etc. I have been naive or non-observant to the things that are going on around me. I am not sure if that has to do with my white privilege or if it has to do with not paying attention, being naive? I am not sure.
I don't want to be a bi-standard any longer to the world around me.