My school is mostly black and Hispanic. I’d say it’s about 20% white. For the record, I am a younger, white female. The black kids in my class love to play the race card. They accuse me of racism all the time. Which is shocking itself because these are 2nd graders. 7 and 8 year olds claiming injustice based on their skin color. They are ignorant and they don’t really know what they’re saying. One kid got upset because one of the Hispanics called him a “negro.” He must’ve thought that “negro” was the n-word because I had to explain to him the “negro” just means “black” and they’re all okay with being referred to as black.
I also realized that every racist begins speaking by saying, “I’m not a racist, but…” so I’ll avoid that trap hear and just admit that I must be racist because I do not treat the black and Hispanic kids that same as I do with the white kids. I don’t give them the same treatment because they don’t act the same way.
Granted, there are plenty of exceptions, but for the most part the black kids are very loud and constantly making noise and love to argue and laugh too loud and play drums with their pencils and basically annoy the hell out of me.
The Hispanic kids usually just sit there and do as little as possible. Even the ones that I know understand English still choose to play dumb and act like they didn’t know they were supposed to be doing something.
And the white kids are very sweet and they do as they’re told and frankly I feel are scared of the black and Hispanic kids. Now, there are some black kids that act white and some white kids that like to pretend to be black, but for the most part if you’re loud and obnoxious, you’re probably one of the black kids.
We also have a diverse staff. Mrs. Jeffers is black and she’s on my 2nd grade team. But she’s also the whitest type of black person there is. Other than pronouncing “ask” as “axe” she’s very proper and acts like a sophisticated woman. Okay, now that is racist: I’m assuming that all black women are obnoxious and loud and unsophisticated. I apologize, but you know what I mean. Mrs. Jeffers is being a good role model.
Maybe that’s a problem with the educational system too. We except our kids to be quiet and studious and polite like a well-trained white person. Maybe our school would be better if we made things more musical and I pretended to be a black preacher. I think my loud, obnoxious kids might benefit from a loud, obnoxious teacher. It might be time to play to them instead of forcing my class to modify themselves to fit my standards.