Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Dear Cohort Students,
When governors, Sara Huckabee Sanders, Greg Abbot, and Ron DeSantis speak about fearing a WOKE Movement. Teachers, parents and students should reflect on where the term WOKE comes from. It is not a new term.
It has been around since 1938. The root of the term WOKE: "Woke is an adjective derived from African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) meaning "alert to racial prejudice and discrimination". In 1938, the term “Stay Woke” was used in a protest song by Blues musician Huddie Ledbetter; aka Lead Belly. "These are the Scottsboro Boys."
Black History is American History, and nothing any governor can do will change that.
If WOKE means being alert to racial prejudice, then perhaps those who fear WOKE in our schools and government are SLEEP People, people who are comfortable with racism, and can't stand anyone alerted to racism.
I am an educator who thinks conversations in our public schools about RACE, Gender, Immigration, Violence, Drugs, Sexism, and historical truths is not indoctrination, but the pathways to improving the lives of our young people. I guess I am one of those teachers’ governors Greg Abbott, Ron DeSantis and Sara Huckabee Sanders are fear.
Just in case you like to know more about the Scottsboro Boys, and are afraid of being WOKE is is a link to Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottsboro_Boys
Dear Anti Woke Governors, when you bury the truth, all you have succeeded in doing is planting the seed of a WOKE Nation.
Dr. Jesse P. Turner
Uniting to Save Our Schools
Badass WOKE Teacher
If you want to listen to the tune I listen to this morning on my walk...its "Scottboro Boys" by Lead Belly. > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrXfkPViFIE <