My eyes and ears have been open to so many things over the past couple of months. As much as we think the past doesn't control the future, especially things that occured hundred of years ago but in reality they do. The thing I have been trying most to open up to is if it's problem or issue for one group of people than it's a real issue. I may not be able to see or fully understand how the old laws and rules impact us today but if people of color say they do then it's my job to say ok, what can we do to make it a better future and end this cycle.
Living and teaching in a predominantly white middle class town during the recent pandemic helped me better see how wide that gap is between many societal groups. My district was able to switch to distance learning and most kids had a parent at home (maybe working from home) but home and able to assist with school work. The public school system in the larger city didn't have that same benefit. Many districts across the country struggled with technology and internet access for all students. It became very clear how American students to do not receive the same education across the country.
It was very enlightening to learn about the different types of bias and the ramifications especially about people of color. The justification of treatment of the victim in police brutality becomes a normal thing you hear- they shouldn't have been there, they shouldn't have run, they looked suspicious. When we understand what we are doing and saying, only then can we start making a change to be better.