Yes, America Is Racist. No, You Shouldn’t Teach My Kids if You Disagree.

Like several people in my private chats, I reacted to the deceptively simple question asked in a new piece by Fordham senior fellow Robert Pondiscio.  He wonders aloud: “I believe 'anti-racism' is misguided. Can I still teach Black children?” Speaking only...

Choice Alone Won’t Let Our Children Feel the Warmth of Other Schools

In his 1945 memoir “Black Boy,” African-American author Richard Wright describes the process of migrating from the American South to cities far and wide like Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles. In the passage that would become the inspiration for the title of Isabel Wilkerson’s...

The Struggle Is Real for Black Male Early Childhood Teachers

I am from a place where being home before the streetlights came on meant just that. I am from a neighborhood in Detroit where drugs and guns were more common than schoolbooks. I am from a place where milkcrate basketball hoops brought out the best in us....

One of Our Students Could Be the Next Daunte Wright or Ma’Khia Bryant

Forgive me in advance for the sports analogies, but it’s the only way that I can fully process and articulate my thoughts on the turn of events that have recently transpired so please bear with me.  The quick transition from Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict...

The Black Scream and the American Dream

Black people have been screaming forever—yet in higher pitches since 2020. Given technological advances, now we can show you our lived experience of pain on camera. You can see live footage of the murder of our people by some 'bad apples' in blue uniforms. We share our...