5 Ways ALL Educators Can Say "Black Lives Matter to Me"
"Please understand that no matter how much it seems like your African American colleagues are holding it together right now, they are hurting. We are hurting. Behind that smile is a heart that grieves to see another one of our brothers, treated as if his life had no value. Behind that smile is a mother or father that fears for the safety of their own children. Behind that smile is a man or a woman that knows it could have easily been their name that became the next hashtag.
~Erica Terry (08:33)
Here's some highlights from this episode:
When I tell you all the feelings that came over me when that tweet about when the looting starts, the shooting starts. popped up in my timeline. I cannot tell you how the pain that I felt went to a level of anger that I can only describe as rage. Like pure rage...
I felt that level of anger and I've never ever experienced that type of pain and rage in my life. And so I want you to know, I'm sharing this with you because when I felt all of that on Friday, I still had to go to work. I still had to turn on my laptop, log into a zoom meeting, and go on with business as usual like none of these things were happening in the world. Let me tell you, it is only by the grace of God, that I was able to diffuse my emotions and still show up for my meetings that I had on Friday and keep it all professional. But it was hard...
Please understand that no matter how much it seems like your African American colleagues are holding it together right now, they are hurting. We are hurting. Behind that smile is a heart that grieves to see another one of our brothers, treated as if his life had no value. Behind that smile is a mother or father that fears for the safety of their own children. Behind that smile is a man or a woman that knows it could have easily been their name that became the next hashtag.
Then earlier today, I was scrolling through Instagram and I came across a post from Jamie @basicgirlteaches, and she not only shared an image that reflected her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but she shared tips that others could use to show their support as well. When I saw it, I was like, that's it. That's exactly what I have been waiting on & looking for.
As educators, it is so important for us to make our voices heard and to let the world know that we as educators, we as teachers, we as edupreneurs believe that black lives matter.
Below is your Power Hour Assignment. Feel free to implement one or more of these action steps to show that Black Lives Matter to you:
- Follow + like posts of other educators that are using their voice to advocate for justice. In the Black Lives Matter posts on my Instagram page, I share my favorite educators that are doing this work. Simply go to my posts and follow those educators who I've shouted out & you can follow those that you find on your own.
- Stop being silent and create a post where you express your own feelings & share your belief that Black Lives Matter. If you're ready to say something, but you're not sure what to say, then I want to encourage you today to stop waiting for the right words. Because the truth of the matter is that for this situation, there are no right words.
- Share images that express your belief that Black Lives Matter. You may not be ready to create a post expressing your feelings as I suggested in #2 and THAT'S OK! Don't feel obligated to say something if you're not ready to just yet, but you can share an image that expresses your support. Grab your FREE IMAGES BELOW and share them on your Instagram page.
- Create a post that includes tips that your followers can take to express their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. This post can include tips such as your favorite children's books feature African Americans as the lead character or your favorite self-help book that addresses racial disparity.
- Donate to non-profit organizations that are doing the work and fighting for justice.
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