White. Not racist. Tired of accusation.

Marianna Boncek
Woodstock, NY

I am a high school teacher. I have been accused of being a racist so many times I can’t count. I am not a racist, nor have I ever been. I actually have a multi-racial family by marriage. The first time a student accused me of being a racist I was shocked, stunned and very hurt. I did a lot of soul searching and self-reflection to be sure I was not treating students differently based on race. I actually had a student yell at me in the hallway, “I don’t know who you are but you are the devil; the White Devil.”

 

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