Friday, November 6, 2009

Quote Time

From one of the kids in my double block class. All but one child is a minority student. All of the kids failed the state standard test last year and have a double block of English with me to help get them up to speed.

I mentioned that I knew about a show on BET. I even gave proof by quoting something from the show.

Several children looked at me in disbelief. I could see the whole thought process working - how in the hell could she possibly know about anything on BET because she is WHITE.

One spoke up to defend my honor:
"Ya'll!!!!!!!! SHE BLACK! You didn't know that?" Yes. He meant this. I am not kidding.

Which was met by a chorus of "Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhssss..." as if all it took was one kid explaining that I am not in fact white; I am black.

Ok.

Race change. Check.

I love my kids. Love them. They are tore up from the floor up. And damn greatness.

8 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

tell them your new name is 'SUGARMAMA'...they'll get it.

amber said...

Oh dear. Thanks for the laugh - I needed that! And I haven't heard "tore up from the floor up" in ages. <3

Honib1 said...

thats that soul in ya sister...

Wien. said...

Man I wish I had you by my side. I'd love for you to be tore up from the floor up all over a certain x family member as well as a few teachers who have difficulty with 504 plans.
You should be for rent. I'd lease you for a year.

Wish I had your knowledge and style,
W.

So Not Wishy Washy said...

Jac, honest - you would LOVE my kids and they'd love you. You'd have a ton more grandkids if you lived here. You wouldn't be able to get rid of my baybays.

Amber, I aim to please, sister!

Honi, I am dripping soul, baby! Ha ha ha!!!

Wien, I will happily fly out and be your advocate in a meeting, if need be. In the meantime, if you want me to draft a letter to them on your behalf, I can do that as well. You might want to remind the teachers who are not adhereing to the plan's accommodations that they are SINGLE-HANDEDLY responsible. When a suit is brought forth, it's against the TEACHER, not the school. Mayhaps THAT little fact will make them follow the directive. Sadly, due to some of the SHIT I've seen some teachers do this year in my school, I don't know if it'll wake Coconut's up either.

Onward and upward!

Jennifer said...

As a pseudo African American myself, all I can say is embrace your blackness!!!

cadbury_vw said...

does that mean you can teach me to dance now?
(purely sardonic cultural commentary - humour - no racism here folks)

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

It sounds like you gots creds now!

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