By: Rayne Ware
If it was up to me, I would be at CT or Eaglecrest.
As a black student at Grandview, I am one of the many that just want to get the school year over with and I feel that young, educated, minority men and women shouldn’t have to endure certain minor indirectly racist comments, glares, and sly whispers that makes us want to leave.
Many students of color believe that they are not comfortable at all at Grandview.
“I feel that black students are not noticed enough at this school. This school just looks at the white kids and that is what Grandview is known for,” said Amari’ah Ambram.
“I hang out with black kids because I feel a sense of belonging and being appreciated,” said
Grandview has been a wild ride for me as a freshman and this is part of the reason why.
One experience I had was during English class when we finished To Kill A Mockingbird. Our class had a post-read discussion, when a white student made an oral assumption that I had family in the prison system. The question I happened to ask was “When was acting black a characteristic in our school?”
The white majority looked offended. Then this white football player said that he could sag his pants and say the N-word if he wanted to, just because he had white privilege and I didn’t.
Grandview is not as comfortable of a school for minority students as it is for the white majority of students, which is why many students of color want to switch to CT or Eaglecrest.
“Grandview as a school is mostly white and there aren’t many hispanic and black people in this school. I feel the need to relate to black friends because we can talk about different issues racially and have a way to relate,” said Herndon.
Herndon feels that he wants to go to CT because there are more black people and because he feels comfortable around other people that look like him.
Even teachers of color struggle with helping students while trying to balance their perception of the world.
“As a black male teacher at Grandview, my perspective is unique. My perspective at Grandview is valued in the classroom. Race is a social construct that divides us as humans,”said Jasper Armstrong.
Armstrong feels that education is a way to teach a balance of racial power through how our society works.
The indirectly racist experiences that you don’t see on the news are the most hurtful to the soul and the heart knowing that they are meant to tear the other person down.
“As a student at Grandview, this school is seen as a white school. But now, it a has gotten a lot more diverse over the years,” said Howra Aljewad. “Though every once in a while, I will get mean glares or whispers whenever I’m just being normal and walking down the hallway.”
Sometimes I feel as if I’m standing outside of a white-majority box with my blackness. I feel that my blackness is a threat.
It wasn’t my fault that I was born black.
It’s my fault that I am ashamed of it.
Is there hope for Grandview?
It is time to change the way Grandview welcomes minority students, before they say goodbye.