SHOCK SPEECH!! Georgia Educational Leader Makes RACIST REMARKS During Graduation Ceremony .
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Renae Azziz Ed.S., NCSP
When shocking viral events are posted online and spread throughout social media we must learn from the mistakes, mishaps, and bloopers that people make so that we can improve ourselves and thus improve the society we live in. The founder of TNT Academy in Lilburn Georgia made some very questionable comments towards her audience during the graduation ceremony. Students allege that the she released the graduation class but forgot to allow the school's valedictorian to speak. Therefore, she asked all the graduating seniors to come back inside the hall for the final speech. As you could imagine, it was difficult to quiet down the class of high schoolers who were very excited about graduating.
That's when the school's leader came to the microphone and made some controversial statements. Watch the video and then see my comments. Add your perspective so that we can make this unfortunate situation a "Teachable Moment." See the video below
What biases do we have hidden deep inside the subconscious mind that need to be excavated, brought to the surface and healed?
TNT is a school that serves non-traditional students and attempts to find ways to support these students through personalized learning and independent study so that they can graduate. The comments made my this leader are to say the least, shocking and disappointing. Like me, your initial thoughts might be, " how could she say such things?" Well, the truth is, in times of conflict, it is difficult to express how we feel without responding emotionally. Further, it is in these times when we are less in control of our conscious thoughts and our unconscious, or implicit biases, show up. Explicitly, we can profess to treat all people equally and " not see color".
However, the truth is we do see it, we just don't acknowledge that we do. The result of this is that we are never able to break down our subconscious beliefs about people( that sometimes we don' t even know that we have). We then subconsciously affirm these beliefs by consciously paying attention to situations that align with these thoughts and beliefs without noticing the exceptions. Let this video be an example that "good" people can do some not so good things. When these unconscious biases come UP and OUT , let us refrain from condemning ourselves or beating ourselves up. Instead, acknowledge the mishap and immediately begin the process of correcting our beliefs and developing a more balanced perspective based upon facts. The way we all become better is to become more self aware of what lies underneath. What are your take aways? Share what you’ve learned on twitter or facebook
Renae Azziz Ed.S., NCSP