When I taught at a state university, a big part of the curriculum was about racism. I never led students to come up with a “right” answer. I presented the issues and encouraged discussion. My job was not to turn my students into Catholics. My job was to enhance their critical thinking.
You should lead and direct – not control.
I am a mixed-race person who grew up a blue-collar, white neighborhood. My father is dark-skinned. And someone on the playground called my father the N word. Racism is not about class. Knowing that my ancestors came to the New World chained in slave ships gives me a different perspective.
It’s in my DNA. That being said, we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ. And that’s what’s most important to me.
@4gospels: As I mentioned above, I am a mixed raced person with black ancestry. If you look above, I mentioned that my dark-skinned father was called the N word. Because I have light skin, people consider me white. I hear all sorts of things that would make you ill. One of my black friends calls me “under cover.”
White people still have the upper hand in this society. Skin color makes a difference. That may be uncomfortable to think about, but it’s true. The church does teach all people have inherent dignity. That’s what we should work toward.
@Tis_Bearself The church, by its very nature, teaches we are all one in Christ Jesus.
And African priests have come to the U.S. because of the shortage of vocations among Americans.
Yes, racism pervades our society. But the teachings of Christ can and should bring us together.
I’m happy to share my thoughts. When I was teaching college students, my goal was to provoke thought. That’s the only way to teach adults.
No one who teaches adults can steer opinion. They can provoke discussion with additional material, but that’s it.
If a teacher can’t divorce a him/herself from the material, it’s best not to teach the topic.
Ultimately, the class is about the students, not the teacher.
That being said, having the wonderful experience of being refused service due to race identity perceptions, I see it good for educators to put this on the map. I see it as educating in a broad way because racism is about those who look or act, or whose customs are different.
I’m glad you included your story. Thanks so much.