At this point, I guess I really shouldn't be shocked that a person holding high government office, like Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, would be capable of such casually ignorant racism. That he would direct it at Rep. Colleen Hanabusa while she was questioning him about funding for the preservation of the history of Japanese American internment during World War II—and do it with a smirky smile (see the video)—has me banging my head against my desk in frustration.
Silence isn't just minding your own business.
Some days I wonder which one is winning.
“Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.”
— H. G. Wells
This. So much this.
"I refuse to untangle civil and human rights from education just so you don’t have to be uncomfortable."
— Jennifer Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief of Cult of Pedagogy
From her post on the Cult of Pedagogy Facebook page.
As a student teacher who is very politically engaged and aware, these are trying times. I definitely struggle to remain neutral when politics and current events come up in class. And, before you say "politics have no place in the classroom," I should point out that I am student teaching in two U.S. Government classes. That makes politics, at least in the abstract, tough to avoid.