"I teach fourth grade in Harlem."
"What’s your greatest struggle as a teacher?"
"I worry a lot about the kids."
"Not all the kids. Just the ones that aren’t on the ‘college track.’ Many of them just don’t have a culture of expectation at home, and it’s hard work to lift yourself out of an underprivileged situation. I actually just finished going to a trombone recital for a former student of mine. I used to coach him in hockey on weekends. He’d practice with me from 4 AM to 6 AM. Then he’d go practice trombone from 8 to 10. He did all this just so he could get into a good high school. That’s what it takes, really. Hard to do without a culture of expectation."
"The only reason we’re still having “n-word” discussions is because white people refuse to take no for an answer."
western history equals white mythology
interview with artist mahader tesfai:
[i] what does this photo mean?
[mt] this photo is meant to challenge the status of history
[i] is it a western myth?
[mt] yes, precisely. that is the question.
[i] what informed this photo?
[mt] dialogues and readings of angela davis, edward said, matthew shenoda, g.c. spivak, arundhati roy, homi bhabha
[i] what is the role of third world narratives?
[mt] to decolonize history
[i] who is the photographer?
[mt] my friend duwayno robertson
As the historian of religions Bruce Lincoln put it: “If myth is ideology in narrative form, then scholarship is myth with footnotes.”