That's why I stopped studying classroom interaction in the mid-2010s, and turned to books & media, tbh.

I have data from a 2 year research study that I've never written up because I refused to deficitize urban teachers & kids. 🤷🏿‍♀️
Had a conversation with one of my NCTE CNV mentors about the situation in 2014. They supported my new direction, as did my GSE mentor, chair & deans.

Colleagues are doing brilliant work in urban education, who have found ways to illuminate & honor those spaces. But...
Once upon a time, I was an urban kid who tested well, and as a result was talented tenthed & over-researched. There's a way that even "good" ed research can skew lived realities.

I value, honor, and uplift professors who are doing that work. It's necessary.

But that's not me.
What I learned from my 2012-2014 research project, I brought into my work as a scholar of children's and young adult literature, media, and culture.

During my Spencer year (2014-2015), I was asking myself and my teacher colleague/research partner, "Whose story is this, anyway?"
There's nothing new I'd have to say about my early 2010s data that hasn't been said better by Sam Reed, TAG Philly, the Caucus of Working Educators, and activist members of PhilWP.

And, brilliant scholars HAVE found the right words, from Bettina Love to Michael J. Dumas. 🤷🏿‍♀️
My hope is to help build a world where Black children, teens, and young adults get to tell their own stories. I've had to fight so hard to tell mine. I'm still fighting.

I keep asking myself, over and over again, "Is this your story to tell?" I hope I always keep that in mind.

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What folks will do is contrast themselves with Black women (angry, unreasonable, career threatening)... even after we have tried to be in community.
It’s the lack of reciprocity for me. It’s when you swallow your tongue for almost 20 years, claw and scratch to provide opportunities for others, and get knifed in the back for your trouble.
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Trek's an extrapolation of a dreamed-up future conceived at the height of US global power. It's a very USA! USA! future, if you think about it.
I appreciate shows like The Expanse as more realistic SF storytelling. The textures of its worlds feel true. I believe that future more than the Federation....

...but it wasn't until Season 4 that I fell in love with the characters. I liked them, but after S4, *I adored them.*
Still, The Expanse is conscious of "our problem world" in ways that I'll be the first to admit Trek is not.

Trek is what we could be, if only we were different. We aren't, but the very idea of an altruistic technocracy with hyperefficient bureaucracy? *chef's kiss.*
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I'm also super sympathetic to zombies.
We have always been at war with outstate Michigan, and one of the racist terms used for Black unhoused folk in the city was "zombies." So it always hits a certain way.

I read Zora's Tell My Horse in high school. My woke adolescent self felt Western zombies = appropriation.
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Contemporary realism from hip hop to The Wire? I've always been kinda ambivalent. Reality's been real enough.
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BTW, some takes on the calculus behind Harris and the Obamas' generation of Black folks miss nuances of those 1960s Boomer/Gen-X cuspers' logic.

That was my aunts, uncles & cousins' cohort. I read Becoming and... yeah, that's them.

1970s wave were different. We saw the cracks.
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Aspirational Black folk like the Obamas & Harris were like that cohort in my family - they were in college and/or moved to Atlanta before things got bad, real bad.

We were kids.
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Now, we won't say much to you, most of us...

Just know we're thinking "Tell us something we don't know."

(How many of us do you see in politics?!)
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My bio dad was born in 1921. Recently learned one of my paternal great-grandparents was born in 1862.
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The Emancipation Generation were *their* elders.
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And for some of us with older parents, it might be our grandparents.
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Unsustainable.
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