Wondering Where to Start?

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Take Time to Listen

Nice White Parents

"We know American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education. Two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that... Most reforms focused on who schools were failing: Black and brown kids. But what about who the schools are serving? In this five-part series, she turns her attention to what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents."

Seeing White

"Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story."

Integrated Schools

"We encourage integrating parents to practice 'followership' rather than leadership, by listening to families of color about the needs of our schools and the children who already attend them, and by working to build community and relationships, rather than trying to get these schools to conform to our idea of 'good.'"

The PTA's Structurally Racist History

 

It's helpful to look at the history of the PTA as it aligns with the history of segregation in America. As PTA leaders and members today, we can look at the past, learn from it, and do the uncomfortable work to change it. The below slide is from the presentation "Partnering with Parents for Racial Justice" by Mike Woltz and Corey Haynes (click here to watch).

 

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Perspectives

"I'm a Black PTA Mom and It's Weird AF" from The Shadow, Medium
"How Marginalized Families Are Pushed Out of PTAs" from The Atlantic
Parent responds with racist retort at school meeting: 'Why didn't you stay in Mexico?' from ABC News

Antiracism Now

 

Knowing the structural racism inherent in the PTA's history, how do we work to make sure the PTA and its leadership truly reflect the school's population and truly work to address needs of all children?

 

This is a question we're still working on. More content to come.

 

Send us your thoughts at community@mosbywoodspta.org.

 

 

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