Paul Thomas examines the ways in which we power over children through erroneously assigning them minority status. Please consider this post today.
children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
In one of those early years of becoming and being a teacher, when I was still teaching in the exact room where I had been a student (a school building that would eventually be almost entirely destroyed by a fire set by children), it was the first day of school, and I was calling that first roll—a sort of silly but important ritual of schooling for teachers and students.
Toward the back of the room and slightly to my left sat a big young man, a white male student typical of this rural upstate South Carolina high school in my home town; like me, he would accurately be considered in that context as a Redneck.
Just about everyone knows everyone in my hometown, and we are very…
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