You asked some excellent questions regarding teaching, current events in Ferguson, and race. Similar questions that have been rolling in my mind since Treyvon Martin was killed and recent unarmed people of color being killed by police. I’ve been rolling it around in my head all evening since I saw I was tagged in your post. I can’t write an adequate response right now because it was the third day of school and 4 kids were sad (but fine on Monday and Tuesday) and decided today was the day to cry all day.
So someone, please remind me to post about it on the weekend.
That said, when I do post, it is only as a reflection on what I can do as a white teacher of children of color and perhaps a search to do better.
I’ve always struggled with what the role I should play in general in racial matters, as obviously, I am for the fair and compassionate treatment of all races, genders, and religions. But at the same time do not want to speak for or over a group of marginalized people.
Someone recently said on Tumblr (and I forget who it was, sorry) that the role of a Ally is to be a microphone rather than a speaker for a group of people being attacked, mistreated, etc.
In that light, I post to tumblr (reblogs) and facebook news stories and blog posts on these issues — particularly when written by people from these groups — in order to spread the word.
I can only encourage you (my readers) to do the same.