My Students’ Perspective on the Baltimore Riots

Today my Honors class discussed the Baltimore riots and the escalating racial tensions in the United States. And let me tell you– It. Was. Awesome. Not everyone agreed with one another, but it was still a really great open forum to discuss the changing climate in our country.

Last night for homework I asked them to read this article and take to the Internet to understand what was going on and how we got to this point as a nation. They knew the discussion was coming, so this was not a “spur of the moment” conversation. I also provided a few thought-provoking images to stimulate discussion. They are included below.

    

I thought some of statements made today were really powerful and decided to share them with you. You may not agree with everything, and that’s okay. But I love the fact that my students– the rising generation– is talking about this and wants to make a change.

     stand tall

Here are a few comments:

  • “This [the riots] is too much.”
  • “What an ignorant approach to a problem.”
  • They just want stuff to stop.”
  • “I think this was necessary– they proved the kind of damage they can do if there isn’t change.”
  • “People can’t take but so much.”
  • “Want to make a difference? Go to college and make something of yourself.”
  • “Teens don’t think; they react.”
  • “Both are in the wrong. Police throw rocks, protesters throw rocks.”
  • “People can’t take but so much.”
  • “This is not healthy.”

And my favorite: “We’ve got to do something about this.” 

Next week, my class will move forward with a project to propose a potential solution for these issues and help rebuild a city and a country that is quickly reverting back to terrible prejudice, inequality, and injustice. I am so excited to see what they come up with and how we move forward from here.

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