Roseanne is the second person in TV history to get fired on her day off (people who have seen the movie “
Friday” know what I’m talking about). But her time should’ve been up way before making those disgusting,
racist comments about Valerie Jarrett. (Vesia Hawkins called it a
“gut punch.”) So,
#ByeRoseanne! https://twitter.com/rolandsmartin/status/1001527305112576002 But aside from learning that Roseanne is really the racist douchebag we all thought she was, I think it’s important to pay attention to
ABC’s response and use it as a teachable moment. Educators, here’s your lesson plan for the week! Take this Roseanne situation and use it to
teach kids that there are and will always be people in the world that look and act differently than them and they have to respect that. And teach them that people are hopefully coming to a point where racism will no longer be tolerated. So if they do decide to say or do something ignorant—especially on social media where
people will put you on blast—there’s a good chance that they will lose their job just like Roseanne. OK, maybe I don’t draft the best lesson plans, but I think you get my point. It matters that big corporations are taking steps to curb racism. But, the real change begins at home and
in your classrooms. I don’t know if we can completely kill racism but it can be seriously wounded.
It starts with education.
After more than 400 years of educational warfare, why are Black people loyal to an education system that has consistently and perhaps intentionally worked against us? Why do so many think they have to stick to the traditional school-assignment program that has failed so many of us?
Cheryl Kirk in Indy are thankful that they had options to choose from and could care less about the model because she’ll get you right on together:
School choice allowed my children to avoid failing schools. School choice is not about defunding public education. School choice is refusing to accept the excuses that poor and minority children are incapable of learning.
Photo courtesy of Roseanne Barr attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California.
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 ...