I have truly had an extraordinary education, but one that was, in many ways, ordinary.
It took me decades of schooling and other learning to recognize the true impact of white supremacy on my education, my psyche, and my life. I always knew that it existed, but so many of the confusing and upsetting things that I experienced I always blamed on myself and what I saw as my own flaws. This doesn’t mean I have no flaws or that I didn’t make many mistakes, both academically and socially, but my particular experience, regardless of how exclusive my schools were, was just like any other black male’s experience, in that my race was inescapable.
I have a lot, lot, lot more to say about this, and I plan to get to work writing about it over the summer and see what I come up with.
But the fact is, there is no true protection from white supremacy, and certainly not in our elite educational institutions. My future research will all flow from what I have learned, and I hope I can help other racialized students thrive in ways I wasn’t always able to for reasons I only just now fully understand.