Indian who was clueless about race

Charuta Apte,
Sammamish, WA.

I am an Indian, and teach in a under-served community in a school which is equally white, black and hispanic. In the beginning, it was a recipe for disaster. Now, it feels empowering. Just last week, I had a few student accuse me of going easy on a girl who they think is white but who is actually 75% hispanic, and I said “I’m not black, white or hispanic, so don’t bring race into this classroom”. When I said it, it felt like so many students breathed a sigh of relief. That really put a smile on my face.


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