GOOD

Student Gives Her Teacher Some Great Perspective on Racism

“Racism is based on the systematic oppression of people.”

Can whites in the United States ever really experience racism? Recently, Steve Doocy, Sean Hannity, and other talking heads on Fox News have been screaming about reverse racism. Since Ferguson, conservative activists, lawmakers, presidential candidates, and their supporters have been pushing the #AllLivesMatter meme. And there’s been no shortage of people on the right arguing that the very concept of white privilege is racist. With those efforts to dismiss or diminish the systemic violence and racism faced by African-Americans as background, the importance of this recent student-teacher interaction captured on YouTube can’t be overstated.

In the video below, the teacher’s comments aren’t completely clear, but he’s discussing how racism affects whites. Then one of his students puts the entire issue in perspective. “Racism is based on the systematic oppression of people. White people have never suffered that,” the student says. “Yeah, you’ve tried to say it’s possible. Yeah, in the future it's possible to like have some form of systematic oppression of white people. But it’s never happened.”


The student goes on to show how all too often when whites discuss the issue of race they do so without taking in the historical context of the issue. “You saying it’s not going to be up for argument—it’s kind of like you, as a white man, saying what is and what is not racist,” she said. “That’s what’s been happening throughout the centuries. For you to tell me that, it doesn’t make me believe you, because that’s what’s been fed to us for so long.”

Although we can’t be sure what the teacher was actually telling his students about racism, what’s evident is that in his classroom, the teacher has fostered a positive place where students and educators can openly discuss the issue. This type of honest discussion between students and teachers is one tiny step toward a better understanding of the complex issue of race in America.

Want to share this article on Facebook? Just copy and paste this link:

http://good-mag.co/StudentSchoolsTeacher

(H/T attn:)

Articles

One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.



It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

Keep Reading Show less

McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

Keep Reading Show less
via Wikimedia Commons

Nike has made a name for itself creating shoes for playing basketball, tennis, and running. But, let's be honest, how many people who wear Air Jordans or Lebrons actually play basketball versus watching it on television?

Now, Nike is releasing a new pair of shoes created for everyday heroes that make a bigger difference in all of our lives than Michael Jordan or Lebron James, medical professionals — nurses, doctors, and home healthcare workers.

Nike designed the shoe after researching medical professionals at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon to create the perfect one for their needs.

Keep Reading Show less
Health