Yesterday I had an amazing conversation with a few of my students about the difference between fair and equal.
We were discussing why there are organizations for black students or Hispanic students but not groups for white students. (Keep in mind the students involved in these conversations do not identify as Caucasian, so it wasn’t a “we feel privileged and don’t like it, waaah!” conversation.) I asked why black students would want to have a group. The student thought about it, and then said it was because of all the shitty things that happened to them in the past and are still happening. Okay, I said. Why would white people want a group then? The light bulb went on, and we proceeded to have a conversation about privilege. We talked about how technically there are options for all groups to meet because things are equal, but how that isn’t the same.
I love those moments with students. It’s my favorite part of teaching 10th grade. Seeing the students’ emotional and intellectual growth flourishing in front of my eyes. My Grinchy heart grew a million sizes during that class yesterday.