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Some of the obstacles BIPOC educators face can be challenging, unique and difficult to negotiate in today’s divisive and highly politicized climate. Nevertheless, BIPOC educators can still have a thriving career in education.
Emmanuel emphasizes how important it is to dismantle the “Boogie Man” when teaching difficult topics, especially for BIPOC teachers, and more specifically for BIPOC social studies teachers. We can stand in integrity while teaching history and having meaningful discussions around thought-provoking topics.
It is not your responsibility as BIPOC educators to be the all encompassing judge of what it means to be Asian American, Afro-latino, African-American, etc. Nor is it expected that you understand the totality of what it means to have that experience.
It’s important to create and foster a community of people who understand you and with whom you can be authentic – whether you’re a BIPOC educator or not. Also, when you are in integrity with yourself you are also empowered to advocate for yourself and your students.
Leverage and honor your superpower! It may be your experience and skills with the content, or if you’re a young teacher, your relatability with the students.
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