Learning Differences and Oppression

The Many Faces of Educational and Racial Oppression

The racialized reality black students experience every day in American schools mirrors the bias and injustice that is psychologically, culturally and institutionally ingrained.

For example, even when displaying the same behaviors as white children, black boys are almost three times as likely to be suspended than white boys, and black girls are four times as likely to be suspended than white girls. Black students’ (mis)behavior is more often criminalized compared to other students.”

Studies and experience show that oppression looks and feels like:

  1. varying levels of self-hatred (including one’s own group) and isolation from the system one finds oneself in
  2. disengagement when few people in authority look like you
  3. lack of self accountability and self worth
  4. separation of language
  5. shame and hiding who you are
  6. disruption of identity formation

I’m quite certain that the same issues exist in most all communities of color most especially brown and Native Americans.

Now imagine being a black boy or girl AND you have a Learning Difference, such as Dyslexia— another group independent of race that is already being mis-educated. These children, our children, are already experiencing toxic shame.

Go beneath their behaviors and instead learn what they are a symptom of.

About Sanford

Learning Disabilities specialist and Educational Consultant
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