Provocative Ed Post Series Jane Crow: Then and Now
Investigates the disturbing activities, stories of
White women and our schools
NEW YORK, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — White women organize out of concern about what their children will be taught, and use their political and social power to influence elections and educational policies. But this is not new.
A groundbreaking series from Brightbeam and its release EdPostwhose mission is to inspire Americans to demand safe, affirming, and responsible educational options in which every child learns and thrives, delves into the disturbing activities of these so-called “mothers,” each of whom Mrs. jane crow.
In the “jane crow: Then and now‘, journalists and advocates examine how white women – as mothers and teachers – have historically used their position to perpetuate systems of oppression, and how that history remains alive and active today.
EdPost believes that in order to change our history, people must first see them clearly. Maureen KellerEditorial Partner at Brightbeam, says, “In America today, white women are people who have blind spots, wield power to further their self-interest, and can become defensive when held accountable. In a country where two-thirds of voters are white and 61% of public school teachers are white women, these human errors and prejudices have real consequences for black and brown youth. We need to go beyond our ingrained cultural representations of white women as good, kind, pure, and vulnerable. Our ‘Jane Crow’ project fills that need.”
At its core, proponents want Americans to recognize this as one of the biggest obstacles to educational equity The United States lies in the unconscious biases and mindsets of a large group of people involved in supporting the nation’s children, namely white women. They say that just like the Jim Crow era created racial discrimination, today’s is jane crow Efforts continue to do harm.
At the same time, the series celebrates the story’s allies: the white accomplices who defied the system and worked to provide black and brown young people with a just education, sometimes at personal expense.
That multimedia microsite contains:
- Exclusive video interviews with Randy WeingartenPresident of the American Federation of Teachers and historian Elizabeth McRaeAuthor of Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy;
- A closeup at the fast-growing national advocacy group Moms For Liberty. Despite their insistence that they encompass people of all backgrounds and are simply defending children, some historians observe that their ideas and rhetoric reflect outdated, racist thinking;
- Insights into the smoldering debate in Minneapolis about who loses their teaching job when layoffs are needed and the role of the union;
- A timeline the role of white women in American education;
- essays by Courtney MartinAuthor of Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America, and other notable white women examining their successes and failures as allies.
In accordance with Ed Posts Positioned “where stories lead to action,” the site includes a toolkit of discussion questions, thought exercises, and resources, also by teachers, for teachers.
More essays and stories will be added in the coming weeks. EdPost encourages site visitors to leave the site with two action targets. First, to break the monolith of “interchangeable white ladies” in the teaching profession and ensure that every child has access to a full diversity of educators, including teachers who share their racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Second, to encourage and inspire all people, especially white mothers and teachers, to deepen their historical knowledge and commitment to cultural humility and deeper listening as they work with children, families, and communities whose experiences differ from their own.
EdPost is the flagship platform of Brightbeam, a network of education activists and influencers demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Since 2014, we have built a national network of education advocates who celebrate successes, identify challenges and advocate for needed change on behalf of children and families. www.edpost.com
SOURCE Bright Ray