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Greater Cincinnati Foundation awards $1M to 6 nonprofits through Racial Justice Fund

GCF |

Established in June with a commitment of $5 million over five years, the goal of the Racial Justice Fund is to advance matters of fairness and justice with a focus on the systems that affect the Black community, specifically criminal, economic and social justice. More broadly, the fund seeks to address the root causes of systemic racism through policy change. 

More at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Teachers need to talk about Breonna Taylor

The Hechinger Report – Andre Perry |

“Teachers must help their students (and themselves) find the words to reclaim the humanity a racist society wants to deny them and find the words to create a path towards structural change. Language arts and history teachers often resort to the “Great Books” to help students navigate their lives. But sometimes teaching a Shakespearean tragedy simply won’t do when you’re confronted with real ones every day.”

Andre Perry

Dr. Andre Perry, a contributing writer, is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution.

‘They should have shot them’: What a silly thing to say

Cincinnati Enquirer – Byron McCauley |

“Many of us have fired off communication that we instantly wished we could take back. At the very least, it can be hurtful or embarrassing. At worst, it could instigate violence or get you fired. That which we once may have thought of as water-cooler talk can now become a wrecking ball.”

Byron McCauley

2 Rootstown school board members resign amid racial controversy involving high school football team

WKYC |

The fallout over the resignation of Rootstown High School’s football coach continued Monday night at a heated school board meeting, during which the board accepted the abrupt resignations of two board members.

Criticism and pressure from the community have intensified for the resignations of board members and Superintendent Andrew Hawkins over decisions that led to the resignation of football coach Troy Spiker. Hawkins oversaw the reinstatement of a white football player who was kicked off the team for alleged repeated use of racial slurs. Spiker, who had levied the discipline of the player only to see it reversed, quit in frustration after just two games.

Growing Up Poor In America – in places like Ohio

FRONTLINE |

Hear from Shawn, 13 of The Plains (southeast Ohio), Kyah, 14 of Columbus, and Laikyen, 12 of Marietta in the Frontline documentary, “Growing Up Poor in America.” As the country also reckons with issues of race and racism, the children share their worries and hopes about their futures.

The documentary follows these three Ohio children and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies their struggle to stay afloat.

Through the eyes of children – “Growing Up Poor in America,” premiered September 8th, 2020 on PBS.

Dublin educators’ T-shirts ignite controversy, conversations about racism

Columbus Dispatch |

The T-shirts in question, which Dublin Scioto Principal Bob Scott, assistant Principal Leanndra Yates and social studies teacher Scott Marple wore on Sept. 10, featured the phrases “science is real,” “black lives matter,” “no human is illegal,” “love is love,” “women’s rights are human rights” and “kindness is everything” in a rainbow of fonts.

The trio tweeted a photo using the school’s Twitter account, welcoming students back to school after weeks of online learning. The image has since been deleted.

On Monday, Dublin City Schools Superintendent Todd Hoadley sent an email to all employees that didn’t directly reference the shirts but advised the staff that “political activities” don’t contribute to a positive learning environment and are not appropriate in school. He cited a 2002 school board policy on “controversial issues” and a 2007 administrative guideline on political involvement.

The Columbus Dispatch article continues with reaction from the community and Dublin students. See below.

Brown County parents complain about systemic racism video used in class

WCPO |

A teacher at Fayetteville-Perry Middle/High School attracted social media criticism from parents last week after showing her class a video about systemic racism.

The Ohio Department of Education confirmed it had linked to the video on a page called “Resources for Social Studies” — not as the main course, but as a supplement to a series of guest lectures on teaching about race and racism. ODE guest lecturer Cynthia Tyson, a professor at the Ohio State University, used it as an example of educational material that could be help explain the difference between individual and institutional racism in a classroom setting.

However, the video was made by an explicitly political media company called Act TV. The channel advertises its progressive values in its description and frequently posts videos criticizing President Donald Trump, the Republican Party and right-wing media organizations such as Fox News.

Fayetteville-Perry superintendent Tim Carlier said he was investigating the teacher’s use of the video in response to parent complaints.

Xavier: Gender and Diversity Studies (GDST) department enlivened by new faculty

The Xavier Newswire |

  • Dr. ShaDawn Battle is teaching First-year Seminar State-Sanctioned Violence in the U.S., and Gender and Diversity Studies and Social Justice.
  • Dr. Kayla Renée Wheeler is teaching First-year Seminar: Race in the Digital Age and GDST 210: Introduction to African American Studies. 
  • Dr. Mich Nyawalo is teaching First Year Seminar: Infectious Diseases and the Culture Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality and GDST 310: Theoretical Perspectives.

Parent group aims to raise awareness about race issues in Athens schools

The Athens News |

Athens Parents for Racial Equality aims “to support the superintendent in hiring, or contracting with, designated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion staff by 2021.” The group noted several school districts in the state who have similar staff employed: Bexley City Schools, Kings Local and Shaker Heights, to name a few.