Dear Editor: Monona Grove School Board member Jeff Simpson's op/ed in response to Fabu's latest op/ed column on the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and racial justice is very revealing.

As a dear colleague says, "When you point a finger, three fingers are pointing back at you."

Fabu noted that some white teachers have attended Justified Anger events and the White Privilege Conference. However, a particular takeaway clearly was missed, which I think Fabu made clear: Just because you now have an inkling of the daily experience of oppression, what your white privilege keeps you from experiencing, you do not have a right to be the final arbiter of the impact being experienced.

This is similar to a group of men deciding for all women what sexism is and what should be allowed or not — after attending a workshop on sexism in the workplace.

For us white folks, the takeaway of the White Privilege Conference and Justified Anger should be that of humility and trust — trust that what Fabu is saying and writing comes from the life of daily micro and macro racialized aggressions. She is not making her comments based on a workshop. She and the other African-Americans in Monona Grove and Madison are living it. And we white folks need to respect that lived truth, and the impact it has on educational experiences.

More humility, listening to and believing the lived truth, is needed. This should be the driving force and basis of all "informed" decisions on equity and climate in our schools.

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William Clifton


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