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White Liberal Teacher Stops Teaching Spanish to 'Dismantle White Supremacy'

Teacher says she's holding herself accountable for the color of her skin

 on 31st May 2021 @ 8.00pm
 dismantling white supremacy in society looks like dismantling in my heart  first   bridges said © press
'Dismantling white supremacy in society looks like dismantling in my heart, first,' Bridges said

A white liberal teacher declared she has stopped teaching Spanish to her students because she is "dismantling white supremacy in society."

The teacher said she was holding herself accountable for the color of her skin and grappling with her own "internalized white supremacy."

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Jessica Bridges made the "anti-racism and white women's complicity" as her dissertation topic.

Bridges spoke at the Southern Connecticut State University's Virtual Women's and Gender Studies Conference, which focused on "Gender, Race, Community & Conflict: Pursuing Peace and Justice."

 it means i m not going to teach spanish  accountability is ongoing because there is not end to the process © press
'It means I'm not going to teach Spanish. Accountability is ongoing because there is not end to the process'

The conference included presentations such as:

  • "Diverging Feminisms: Engaging Transnational/Translational Activism"
  • "Sex, Work, & Care as Resistance in the Age of Capitalism"
  • "Undoing the White Settler-Colonial Gaze: Asserting Gendered, Racialized, and Radicalized Body Autonomy"
  • "Understanding Your Vicarious Trauma during COVID-19 and Beyond"
  • "Igniting Social Justice, Community Engagement, and Diversity within the Neoliberal Academy"

Bridges spoke during the "White Accountability & Anti-Racist Education" presentation.

The meeting kicked off with a "land acknowledgment," or a "formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories."

"Dismantling white supremacy in society looks like dismantling in my heart, first," Bridges said, as reported by the Post Millennial.

"It means I'm not going to teach Spanish. Accountability is ongoing because there is not end to the process."

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'Racism originates with, and is perpetuated by white people'

But it Spanish language came from Europe, which is a mix of Latin language and local languages in the Iberian Peninsula, including Celts and Iberians, according to Lingvist.

"Learning Spanish from a white woman? I wish I could go back and tell my students not to learn power or correctness from this white woman," she said of herself.

"I would tell them to stand in their own power. White isn't right."

Bridges continued:

"Racism originates with, and is perpetuated by white people."

"We're deconstructing our emotions around acknowledging our whiteness and white privilege through the lens of grief and the process of grief," Bridges declared.

"I have been complicit as a part of the educational system and as a white woman benefitting from white privilege."

"We talked about mourning our white morality. I'm holding myself accountable to this journey," Bridges added.

"Part of my accountability is to continue to struggle and grapple with my internalized white supremacy."

Bridges said she has been "embedded in a system that some scholars have identified as reproducing social injustice. Consciously, or unconsciously."

She then vowed to be a "white ally" and "anti-racist coconspirator."

Later, a Southern Connecticut State University professor said schools need to "attract anti-racist teachers," who are able to "teach through an equity, anti-racist lens."

[READ MORE] Black Lives Matter Leader: We Could 'Wipe Out' White Folks, They're 'Genetic Defects'

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