I keep thinking that I’ve written my last book. But now, with the growing awareness of systemic racism in our country, I am seriously considering writing one on how racism manifests its ugly head in our nation’s classrooms.
The fact is, it’s a fair topic that has probably been investigated many times before, but I feel that I am particularly well-suited to address racism in foreign language classes, having worked in both inner-city and white suburban settings.
Indeed, I doubt if such a book has been written about the inherent racism generated by teachers in our nation’s language classes because of the same ignorance that has led us to the current point of change in consciousness we are in nationally right now.
Such a book needs to be written. We need to (a) open up a can of whoop-ass and (b) get more communication going between people who happen to have different skin color and (c) stop teaching only to the kids of privilege, SINCE ALL PEOPLE CAN LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE.
The topic seems to have avoided our scrutiny and the light of day for decades now. Maybe it’s time now. Maybe it’s time, inshallah.