Grappling with bystander responsibility: an essay

Do you remember high school? What about the fights that broke out in the lunch room? Remember how chaotic and stressful the school environment felt after seeing one? Yeah. I wrote about that.

My student Belinda got into a fight last year. It wasn’t a prissy, slappy, name-calling fight, either. It was a reality television-worthy, punch- throwing, eye-bruising fight that didn’t end until Belinda’s opponent had ripped the weave out of her hair and waved it around in front of the student spectators…

Read more of this essay at the Teaching Tolerance website. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. A place to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools. Check them out!

2 thoughts on “Grappling with bystander responsibility: an essay”

  1. Always seems a little ironic to see the Southern Poverty Law Center promoting “diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences,” when not one of its top executives is a minority.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-7m

    In fact, according to its own hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, Harper’s Magazine and The Progressive, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 40 year history.

    Some “experts”

  2. Hmmm. Interesting perspective. I’m less interested in their financial practices and more encouraged by the quality of the publication I’m writing for. But thank you for your perspective.

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