In a world that allows us to stream and access more content than one could ever truly consume in a lifetime, I want to share a few of my favorite spaces to educate myself beyond the faces and backgrounds that are similar to my own.
2. Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime Documentaries (and not) - my personal favorites include (please add to this list in the comments - always looking for more!):
- Teach Us All
- When They See Us
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story
- Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
- Crime + Punishment
- Whose Streets?
4. StoryCorp provides not only a series of video interviews with people from all walks of life, has created teacher resources for facilitating student/classroom conversations, and has an app to help record your own stories.
5. Safe Space Radio put together a great playlist around talking to White kids about race and racism
6. The New York Times put together a series of short films about identity in America that is particularly powerful.
7. Explore art! You don't have to be an art teacher or artist to appreciate the creativity of others and the role that art plays in society. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has teacher resources for art from all different types of people and backgrounds in the United States, while Google Arts and Culture offers insight into basically every genre under the sun.
8. GET ON TWITTER! Or whatever social media, but check out #educolor. Participate in the #disrupttexts conversations! #WeLeadEd is doing a book study of Ibram X. Kendi's How To Be An Antiracist right now (also my current read, definitely worth picking up at your local bookstore/Audible/Kindle/whatever). Spaces like #ISTEChat are promoting more diversity of voice. #NYEdChat just featured Cornelius Minor. You almost have to TRY to avoid these conversations and this learning if you're on social media. Don't try. Don't avoid. Jump on in!
These are just a few of the millions and millions of spaces out there to explore and learn and connect, but they are a great starting point to broaden your own understanding of the world as well as that of your students. Definitely don't play Hasan in the classroom, that stuff is NOT PG, but he does raise some really interesting points and questions in his comedic take on the world around us. There's not one movie or one voice or one story that is going to make you an end all expert, but taking the first step is important because when we know more we can do more.