“It’s hard to believe that racial discrimination still happens today, and everyone thinks somebody else will take care of it, but stopping it begins with you.”
That’s what the GAE member said when she experienced the frightening reality of racism at her school. Acts of racism occur every day. Sometimes we are witness to its nuanced variety below the surface. Other times, racism is open and flagrant.
The GAE member (she wishes to remain anonymous) with over 25 years in public education and 13 years of experience working as an Ed.D.-level school psychologist lost her job with a Coastal Georgia School District because of a restructuring. Just two years prior to leaving that school district, she was her school’s Special Education Teacher of the Year. With excellent evaluations, she was immediately hired by another southeast Georgia school district.