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Part 1 Understanding: the first step for White women teaching Black boys

Teaching Channel

After Trayvon Martin was killed, seven Harvard medical graduates — all Black men — donned their white medical coats over black hoodies and held a sign for the camera. It read, "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."

We look at those young men and wonder who they were talking to. Police, no doubt. And errant neighborhood watch vigilantes, of course. But more likely, and more frequently, they probably had White teachers to whom it applied. How many Black boys have educators looked at, and not assumed, “You could go to Harvard medical school one day”? Or, “You could be a doctor someday”? To what extent does their bell toll for us?

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