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Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? I do. I was in the 4th grade, sitting in class like every other day. I remember my teachers running around frantic and scared. A couple of hours into the school day and no instruction had taken place. Then the principal came over the PA system and announced the school was closing for the day. I didn’t know why, and they didn’t tell us either. I remember walking through the front door of my house, excited that we were sent home before lunch. That smile and laughter faded as soon…

Growing up white and going to mostly white schools, we were taught that racism hasn’t existed since the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. Since I was used to being taught by the banking method, coined by Paulo Freire (Freire et al., 2000) where teachers are all-knowing, I never questioned my teachers about it. I had never experienced it and had only witnessed it a couple of times so my teachers must have been correct, right? Wrong. Maybe it was that my (white) teachers had never experienced or witnessed it or maybe they were playing right into the…

Dara Nash

Senior at University of California, Riverside. Majoring in Education, Society, and Human Development: Community leadership, Policy, and Social Justice

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