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Welcome, #AntiracistReaders, to tonight’s slow chat about “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X Kendi.
Thank you for being here. I’m your host, lisa eddy, an antiracist educator, researcher, and writer. Welcome to the conversation.
Please say hello by responding to this tweet. Say something about yourself, and don’t forget to use the #AntiracistReaders hashtag.
I’ve prepared 5 questions. I’ll post a new one about every 20 minutes to keep the discussion moving, yet give participants time to respond.
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This a perfect metaphor for how most predominantly White orgs approach “diversity” — make cosmetic changes to “look good” (?) on the outside but make no changes inside.

Perform allyship but don’t examine how you perpetuate racism, much less interrupt, dismantle it. #DisruptTexts
Put all the BIPOC on the shiny pamphlets and website but deny BIPOC communities access to spaces of power.

Hire “diverse” staff or admin but don’t actually listen to them. (Or hire only BIPOC you think won’t “rock the boat”).
Add a token “diverse” book into the curriculum but leave 90% of the traditionally White canon in place.

Organize “culture days” for Ss, then say nothing when you hear a colleague say or do something racist.

Have a “diversity and equity” committee but not an antiracist one.
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Citations are a political act. I'm seeing citations of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop (yay!), but then folks seem to not realize that there are many BIPOC others who build on her work that we should also be citing. So, here you go so you can #citemoresistas. #DisruptTexts
Dr. Bishop video discussing "mirrors, windows, sliding glass doors" , just in case you're not familiar. I also encourage you to read the entire article in Perspectives. #citeasista
Dr. Violet J. Harris's work provides excellent resources for school-based work. Teaching Multicultural Literature in Grades K-8 and Using Multiethnic Literature in the K-8 Classroom. Plus, she has written a ton for @ncte and with @arlettewillis1, another foundational lit scholar.
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More real talk. (thread)

I'm teaching Octavia Butler's Kindred for the first time since 2005.

I am a different teacher than I was in 2005. More experienced—and better, on most days.

But I don't remember feeling the kind of anxiety I feel now teaching Butler's work back then.
(For those unfamiliar with Butler's work, and with Kindred in particular, here you go —)…
Butler's protagonist, Dana, is repeatedly pulled back in time.

As I teach Kindred now, I can't help reflect on the teacher I was 15 years ago—

Did I worry w/the type of care & compassion I should have in approaching a book about the brutality of slavery?

I don't think I did.
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Developing thread...

So back to this piece, which I can't stop thinking about.

Though none of the information is new, the side-by-side comparisons are nevertheless striking... and I have some thoughts (and a lot of feelings). #DisruptTexts…
A central tenet of critical literacy is that all knowledge is constructed.

There is no inherent value to any particular set of knowledge.

We assign value, often by simply determining what's even worth knowing.

In school, this means what goes in a curriculum or a textbook.
(Previously I unpacked a little how curriculum, as a form of policy, can either be racist or anti-racist, synthesizing ideas from Dr. Kendi's #HowToBeAnAntiracist) #DisruptTexts
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Perfect way to start Day 3 of #NCTE19 is listening to @nenagerman at the @HeinemannPub Don Graves Breakfast, who always speaks truth to power. #DisruptTexts
“I appreciate politeness, kindness, civility but I don’t want us to use those really good ideas as a cover for things that are wrong. We cannot use politeness to silence conversations in the classroom.” @nenagerman #NCTE19 #DisruptTexts
.@nenagerman is redefining kindness. “We cannot use kindness as balm. We can’t ask students to be kind when they should be just.” #NCTE19 #DisruptTexts
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Rdg #HowToBeAnAntiracist has been revelatory: connecting dots, deepening my understanding of how racism manifests itself everywhere.

Writing this afternoon & putting my thoughts together has led to some insights—not new, but coming more clearly into focus. (thread) #DisruptTexts
We usually think that racist ideas lead to racist actions.

But according to Kendi, racist policies came before racist ideas.

Those in power act out of self-interest. Thus, they enact racist policies (slavery, immigration, redlining) to maintain that power...
These policies then result in racial inequities (lack of wealth or education)...

Which lead to the development of racist ideas by others who see these inequities and need a reason to justify why these inequities exist (example: BIPOC must be "less than').
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Just a quick update as presentations begin. Today's 1st group curated the lineage focus of EDUCATION & paired Malcolm X's quote "Without education you aren't going anywhere in this world" to Jason Reynold's poem in Long Way Down, "My Mother Used to Say," to J. Cole's "Change."1/?
I am learning many imp things w/this ast. Most of my Ss had no background on Black male authors. Pls review your curriculum ASAP to see who is included in your HS-not just your classroom. Ours has an excerpt of "Black Boy" in 9 & Hughes in 9, but is not included elsewhere. AP lit
includes Ellison, & we teach him in 12. When I inquired to Ss abt historical figures such as Huey Newton, Marcus Garvey, & Bobby Seale, I was met w/too many blank stares. When I found a slave narrative database w/1 group, they could not wrap their minds on how these stories were
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So @JasonReynolds83 has a few interviews (lol) out there where he basically points out that writing is done in a tradition, as a continuum, and if you look, you can see the direct lineage between artists. After teaching/reading Long Way Down & hearing this said in various ways...
The past two years, I had an idea. With my seniors, I decided to use Jason’s concept, and example:
Phillis Wheatley—->Maya Angelou—> Queen Latifah
to challenge my Ss with curating a lineage text set for Long Way Down. First they would have to choose an excerpt, theme, or line...
From LWD to take the Maya Angelou spot in the lineage. Then they would discuss a contemporary Black artist for the Queen Latifah spot. Finally they would research a pre-1970 Black male author to be the catalyst of the lineage. I gave them a list of authors to start with but...
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I'll break down this collage inspired by @halseanderson's SPEAK in the next few tweets. #SpeakLoudly #DisruptTexts #Room407 #THIS407
@halseanderson First, I want you to know that this "exquisite corpse" (some of you might call these floor or table "storms) came together in ten minutes. Tops. From one brand new magazine delivered yesterday (I didn't want you to think I had been sitting with this and pre-composed in process.
@halseanderson Artist friend Melissa Sweet asked me about "exquisite corpses" in the classroom yesterday. I had been thinking about floor storms in the past couple of weeks. Artists. In community. We seem to know how to tap into something latent in another. The question/invitation is the tap.
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In my COMM 594 class, we are considering "conflict management" theory. In my discussion post, I cite connections to THE CRUCIBLE. Classmate, Kristi, responds: "It's pretty nifty how conflict management theory can be just a stone's throw away from literary analysis." New Idea. Go.
In interest of #DisruptText, we might miss that the text had already been disrupted as many are: by being innately disconnected from other possible "truths." This is one of the dangers of "covering" titles and texts. And one of the reasons for standards asking two or more texts.
Kristi suggests the Elizabeth Proctor we see in Act IV demonstrates what Omdahl and Fritz (2006) call "cognitive reappraisal" as a means of symbolizing her character's presence as a means to "characterize and sustain resilience." Whether Miller knew this or not isn't essential.
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As some of you know, women in STEM, especially girls and young women, is one of my passions. Last week I got to listen to some middle school girls talk about why they did/did not like coding and man oh man. I learned a lot that teachers/admin need to know. Thread👇
Almost every single girl had done some type of coding in school. They all hated it. Yet they were at a STEM camp this summer and fell in love with coding and robotics. What changed? The teacher(s) and activities.
At school they were forced into STEM projects by teachers who knew little to nothing about the specifics. It sounded like many (kids and teachers alike) were victims of district-wide initiatives. The girls all walked away feeling like STEM subjects were the worst.
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A problem of the anthropomorphic presentation within picture books we might share with younger, will-be readers is that they are read aloud without further appreciation of shared traits or characteristics with the human reader. Story is read. Left at that. #DisruptTexts 1/?
Presented here is a case for moving from “left at that” to “leads to this.” @ProfessorNana calls this “laddering.” I like to think of this as “leading.” But, in order to do it, one must have a deep awareness and appreciation of picture books both past and present. #DisruptTexts
Here, for #bookaday day reading,I was reminded of a 1971 William Steig title while reading @carlsafina’s 2019 adaptation for young readers. Texts separated by almost fifty years now side-by-side for deeper consideration for both lead and need reader alike. #DisruptTexts
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writing about "the canon" today. I have grown A LOT in thoughts on it.

"well those old white dudes did say some good stuff..."

no one is saying they didn't write great stuff. The problem is that it's all we've had, which perpetuates idea that ONLY white dudes write great stuff.
honestly I bless @ChimamandaReal's name nearly every day for this TED talk so I can just link to it tbh…
really I'm just reading myself in this piece

... and not really writing because I'm on here instead lol
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Front and center for #disrupttexts. This room is PACKED, y’all! So many disruptors in here! @nenagerman, @triciaebarvia, @juliaerin80, & @TchKimPossible are gonna be, and we all know it!🔥 #ncte18
@triciaebarvia asking us why we are here. I am here because the canon needs to be reimagined. I am here because oppressive systems must be disrupted and dismantled. I am here because none of us are free until we all are free. #disrupttexts #ncte
Fellow disruptors, why are you here? #disrupttexts #ncte18
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When we say, "We got work to do," it's important to define the "we", and perhaps shift away from talking and toward actions that will produce results. Shout out to all educators and allies doing the work of making sure students (who will grow up to be voters) #DisruptTexts
Lately, I've been talking with @nenagerman and others about the role of the anti- racist educator in spaces serving predominantly white children vs. spaces with children of color.
Some thoughts: systems and structures predominantly serving children of color are often environments that perpetuate narratives of subordination and white suburban supremacy.
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2018: My Year of Reading. A thread that follows my reading journey from January to December. Every book I've read with a 280 character review. Tagged a few folks who influence the shape of my literary life 📚 #THEBOOKCHAT #DisruptTexts #TeachLivingPoets 📚
1. Never Let Me Go; Kazuo Ishiguro: A supremely crafted narrative begins unassumingly, but quickly reveals a different notion of childhood innocence and coming of age. The conversational tone fooled me into thinking I was walking into a world I understood. Nobel worthy.
2. We Should All Be Feminists; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: As an author who breathes eloquence, Adichie doesn't disappoint. This short book/long essay is insightful and logical and human. If we want to raise boys without the toxic masculinity, this is on the required reading list.
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So I'm going to post some links.... All purchases go to supporting initiatives I am a part of/helping to lead. Recently had somebody reach out asking for my Venmo to compensate me for all they learn from me on Twitter. I appreciate that. Here are additional ways...[THREAD]
#Educolor is my heart home. It is where familia, intense dreaming, and powerful activism centered around educational equity starts and ends for me.
#DisruptTexts is a little thing we have going on recognized by @NYTimesLearning and @chicagotribune so let's keep disrupting the literary canon and all THAT.…
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In so many places labeled "urban" or serving "low-income" communities (I hate labels but will use the language I have for the time being) teachers have neither the content, nor pedagogical knowledge to experiment with the canon.
Schools can and will be shut down and principals fired, forced to retire, or reassigned if literacy scores look a certain way for too long.
This leads to a panicked and constant "putting out fires" or "avoiding disasters" type of energy and climate in schools. So, adults in charge of making curriculum decisions lean on what "worked" for them--the classics.
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There's been a lot of discussion about the #lauraingallswilderaward and #LauraIngallsWilder 's place in the literary canon, and a lot of it centers around nostalgia. But your nostalgia has never been a great reason to make kids read anything. So let's #DisruptTexts it!
Before we do that, let's look at some articles that help us to frame WHY we're disrupting the Little House series:…
And this thread is also a really good read:

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"Power affixes the markers of history."
"Any attempt to trace biological ancestry quickly turns into legend... the sophisticated Egyptian, Phoenician, Minoan, & Persian societies deeply influenced the culture of ancient Greece, which some still imagine as the West's pure & unique source"
Every time I think "man this world is crazy" (and it is...), it only takes a quick look back in history to realize just how bonkers it used to be... this book has me like
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