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Wed Nov 20, 2013, 10:38 PM

I Never Thought I'd Want To High-Five A Teacher For Yelling At A Student, But I Was Wrong


https://www.upworthy.com/i-never-thought-id-want-to-high-five-a-teacher-for-yelling-at-a-student-but-i-was-wrong?c=upw1

A partial transcript from a very powerful portion of the video, beginning at 3:19:

Elliot: “No. You don’t come back in here until you’ve apologized to every person in this room because you just exercised a freedom that none of these people of color have. When these people of color get tired of racism, they can’t just walk out because there’s no place in this country where they aren’t going to be exposed to racism. They can’t even stay in their own homes and not be exposed to racism if they turn on their television. But you, as a white female, when you get tired of being judged and treated unfairly on the basis of your eye color, you can walk out that door, and you know it won’t happen out there. You exercised a freedom they don’t have. If you’re going to be in here, you’re going to apologize to every black person in this room. And do it now ... and every person of color.”

Student: “I’m sorry there’s racism in this country..."

Elliot: “Bullshit! No, you’re not going to say ‘I’m sorry there’s racism.’ You’re going to apologize for what you just did.”

Student: “I will not apologize because it’s not a matter of race always...”

Elliot: “Out.”

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Reply I Never Thought I'd Want To High-Five A Teacher For Yelling At A Student, But I Was Wrong (Original post)
eridani Nov 2013 OP
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NYC_SKP Nov 2013 #3
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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2013, 10:57 PM

1. Maybe he'll get it. Maybe his parents will ensure that he won't.

People of color only catch a break when one of us doesn't insist on white entitlement. That means we have looked for it, found it, and refused to insist on its being honored.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 20, 2013, 11:09 PM

3. It was a girl, we never learn if she get's it because she refused to apologize and left the building

 

She left entirely. She wouldn't listen, she refused to let go for even a moment.

If you don't let go you can't receive.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2013, 11:08 PM

2. Elliot: "Do I have a job for a lifetime? I'm afraid so."

 

Right at the end.

Moving.

K/R

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2013, 11:19 PM

4. That was such a good video.

 

I think everybody should get a chance to do this in a group like that.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:01 AM

5. Everyone should learn more about Jane Elliot's original 1968 and 1970 "treatment" with younger kids:

 

It's remarkable, but it was also controversial, VERY controversial.

I was so taken with it that I conducted the same experiment about ten years ago with somewhat older kids.



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