After my probe, I rolled my eyes so hard they almost fell out of my head. Because I’m at a point in my life and career where I don’t want to hear anybody just talking about what’s wrong or preaching about something that they’re not practicing themselves. If your actions don’t match your pledges of righteousness and you have no solutions to offer, just do me a favor and hush.
Kirsten may have acknowledged her White privilege and can play the woke card all day. But her nonexistent advocacy, deflection and the opportunities she’s taken advantage of as a White woman, while denying others that same latitude, disqualifies her as a true ally.
Get in the Game
And I’m not just tripping on Kirsten. I’m also tired of people that complain about the issues in education but, at the most, will only lift a Twitter finger to engage in a battle of wits, while the real fight is happening in our schools where Black kids are losing.
I’m talking about the people who hate traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, teachers unions, the government and everything they feel is unjust about those systems but have never been to a school board meeting, held an action, mobilized parents, pushed for policy reform—nothing to actively disrupt the status quo.
Because like Shana White said, if you’re not talking about actually disrupting racism and inequity in education, you can kick rocks.
We have real problems in the American education system that won’t be solved by people who play the savior role when it’s convenient for them or others who complain about how the game is being played, but refuse to get off the bench.
We need genuine, selfless people in this battle and if you aren’t willing to fight, move out of the way. Because like Vernon said in his tweet reflecting on Howard Fuller’s words, “We need a renewed push for freedom”—and that won’t come without sacrifice.
Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work—“If not me, then who?” As the former Deputy Director of Activist Development for brightbeam, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for change in the public education system. Her passion for community and relentless mission for justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and ...