Ketange Brown Jackson’s historic approval to the U.S. Supreme Court provided many opportunities for parents, caregivers, educators, and community members to introduce new lessons or start discussions. Many young people watched the hearings in classrooms or held fraudulent events to prove their identities. But now that Jackson is getting ready to serve in court, the conversations shouldn’t stop.
There is an opportunity for all of us to continue the conversation about representation and inclusion, as well as the role of education in helping young people, especially black girls, in our imagination.possible themselves. ”
First, it is important that we remind our young people – inside and outside the classroom – that we have a history of living every day. They are witnessing everything from social unrest, global pandemics and socio-political moments such as the approval of the Jackson Supreme Court. These events will undoubtedly be included in future textbooks on the movements that shape this country. We need to empower young people in our lives, at this point – to recording history self – and to create connections between past and present that they are shaping their future.
In general, any approval process by the Supreme Court is a good time to raise civic awareness and update our knowledge of court history. At this point, it’s important to discuss with our youth why Jackson’s approval is historic. They see that the first black woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of this country and the historical institutions of whites better reflect our diverse society.
However, it’s important to move beyond celebrating the “first”. It’s not that Jackson was the first black woman in 233 years of trial to have the skills or talent to achieve prestige. We need to explain to our young people that black women are not allowed. As former senior writer LFJ Corey Collins explainedit is important to teach why, along with who.
In addition to celebrating individual achievements, we must also highlight a complex system of barriers designed to prevent such achievements. Talk to young people to ask questions about the benefits, power structures, and impact of “popular firsts” on communities. Collins argues that “a list of names and facts could lead to a library of stories about how the power structures formed the statement of our nation and how we can eliminate them.”
On mutuality and representation
Brown Jackson’s confirmation of Ketanji is also a possibility of controversy personalities are intertwined and oppression. As a black man and a woman, his identity has put him under intense scrutiny, which has not been given to others, as has been testified in recent confirmation hearings.
In addition, society expects people of color with intertwined identities, especially black women. enduring abuse to seize opportunities. In the course of recent debates, we have all witnessed this phenomenon as Jackson has remained calm while senators accused of racism and harassment her way.
This is in contrast to the Supreme Court’s approval hearing for Justice Brett Cavanaugh, who responded to questions, angry outbursts of anger. Jackson’s supporters noted a longer list of credentials, information, and experience than some in the court who have less experience.
Here, young people can understand the reality that blacks usually have to work “twice to get halfway”. Jackson’s approach serves as a dramatic example of this enduring double standard when discussing affirmations.
We can all also celebrate with young people, especially black girls – the importance of representation in this historic event. Not only has a black woman risen to prominence, but she is also a black woman ethnic name, dark skin and thin hair – all things that have historically been ridiculed. Her show is important at a time when ethnic names are still ignored, painting adds another layer of complexity to racism, and Black hair the police are disciplined, sometimes up to discipline or dismissal.
These conversations can be helpful in a larger community, and especially in school communities, where children first learn how others value or underestimate their culture and heritage. These lessons will be strengthened in the community as a whole. And it is in these debates that parents, caregivers and teachers can learn more about celebrating the differences.
Call to action
Breaking barriers and resisting racist or sexual assaults for Jackson didn’t start when President Joe Biden took him to court. Like many black women, she was forced to deal with this dynamic throughout her life. In one audience, Jackson explained while studying at Harvard University, he feels sad and lonely. There, a black woman he did not know noticed him on the sidewalk and gave him advice.
“I think she knew how I felt, and as we passed we bent down and said, ‘Be patient,'” Jackson recalls. In that exchange of views, he gave the same advice to young people of color. “I told them to be patient,” he said behind tears.
But what if black youth in our society were not forced to stand firm against racial harm? What if adults always saw the same potential in colored youth as white youth? What if instead of the nonsense that comes from racism in schools, young people of color only focus on learning and achieving their goals? What if all were children supported in environments where they did not have to communicate or move forward?
We need to seize this opportunity to question U.S. institutions, especially schools, to create better systems without the barriers that colorful youth have to overcome. Parents, guardians, and teachers should enforce disciplinary policies and other unfair practices in schools, such as tracking or ability grouping.
Working together as a community is the only way that schools should create ways for young people to succeed. However, more often than not, school is where children receive their first lessons in surviving a world marked by discrimination. The classroom should serve as a designated space to remove obstacles, not to reinforce them.
Adults and young people should be allowed to always promote fair practices. Societies need to celebrate difference everywhere. And everyone – teachers, community members and families – should allow young people who have been invested in a just society to express themselves without fear of retaliation.
Don’t limit minds black youth and other young people who are often left out. We all need to work to help them imagine themselves in spaces they couldn’t have imagined before. Young people of color and all young people should be free to dream about their potential identities, including the U.S. Supreme Court Justice.