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On the eve of one of my most favorite times of the year, which is Black History Month, I am reminded of an experience which occured at my previous school back in February, 2000. Yes; I went into the attic to retrieve this tale.
My previous school was also an independent school, and, like most independent schools, there was only a mere handful of TOC. In the Upper School, there were two Black women (myself included), and a Latino male. So, the Two Black Women and One Latino Male were asked by the Upper School Division Head to plan some sort of Black History Month presentation/assembly. As I recall, the Upper School Division Head was either sick, or away at a conference. In any event, the Two Black Women and One Latino Male had some gap time in which to put something together.
The thing you, the Reader, must understand about this particular school is that in the year 2000, the faculty and staff was quite ignorant and ill-versed on issues related to race, diversity and multiculturalism. So ignorant, in fact, that it spent more time running from the issues than confronting them. As far as they were concerned, there were no issues. However, for some reason, the Powers That Be were aware that there was something called Black History Month. Thus the reason the Two Black Women and One Latino Male were asked to plan something.
The three of us gathered to discuss what it was we would do. And then, we became angry. Why were we, as the only three TOC, being asked to plan a Black History Month program? Why had not the Upper School Division Head asked some of the Caucasian faculty to join in? Did we as TOC have some sort of special expertise on the subject, for the simple fact that we are TOC? To not have included our Caucasian colleagues removed them from any ownership. So, in passive-agressive protest, we planned nothing.
When the Upper School Division Head returned, she asked us how the Black History Program went. We told her that it did not happen, and we explained to her the reason why. She simply looked at us, and said, “Oh, well, I was actually hoping you would approach some of the other teachers and get them to participate.”
Um. Yeah. Right.