“In his book Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X Kendi explains that we often think that racism is a result of ignorance. He posits, however, that White historical self-interest leads to racist policies, which then leads to the construction of racist ideas to justify the policies, which then results in ignorance and hate, keeping the cycle in place. Using this flow of power teachers who teach racist curriculum are not simply acting out of implicit bias or racial ignorance as is often assumed.” (p9)
- Why do you think it is naturally assumed that certain behaviors (including creating/teaching racist curriculum) are a result of ignorance?
- How do we shift away from this narrative? What would the alternative be?