I sat in a staffroom filled with predominatley white people whilst one black teacher recalled the number of times he had been stopped by the police. ‘One week I got pulled 6 times, i’ve lost count!’. The staff gasped in shock and horror whilst I, ‘the only Muslim in the village/ I mean room’, sat quitely observing the responses.
I remember sitting in university with the same horror and disgust when I learnt about socialogical theory whereby it is suggested that the education system is like a filter system. Imagine a sieve…theory suggests if you are white and middle classed you glide through the system with no problems, but anyone other than this often becomes stuck.
Now lets be clear i’m not talking about racism, far from it, i’m just stating the facts that just so happen to have also being suggested by different theorists. Therefore I suggest we must prepare ourselves with the correct knowledge and understanding to be mentally and physically prepared for the journey we face.
We cannot be phased by the attitudes of people who have no insight into the struggles we face as people who are often boxed into groups that are attached with prejudices. What we can do is re-educate where possible and empower those groups with the belief that dispite these hurdles, we can make it through. And in addition to this educate those who place these obsticales without knowledge, so they can knowingly refrain from doing this again.
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