Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Remember the Rodney King beating and the not guilty verdict for the White cops who nearly killed him?

I do. I can still see the television images of Los Angeles exploding in riots, gunshots, and flames. I can also still hear a battered and bruised Rodney King asking ‘Can’t we all just get along?”

The we, of course, is Whites and Blacks-the same we of race relations today.

This question is still of great importance today. The reason is that America is still divided by race. This division runs deep-deep enough to where race is dealt with through politically correct go along maneuvers.

White maneuvering is the minimization of race at all costs. Black maneuvering is the navigation of race while trying to avoid the “Angry Black Person” label.

So can Blacks and Whites get along in ways that avoid making nice for the sake of diversity?

The answer is yes, provided that we move towards grasping a real understanding about race.

As in the past, race is still a Black and White issue. To even begin to address this issue requires certain responsibilities for Black people and White people.

White people’s main responsibility is to become educated on the connection between White people and racism. Racism is a system of advantage that was built by White people for the benefit of White people. When whites avoid this understanding, they become complicit in perpetuating this system. Acquiring this understanding allows Whites to take a guilt-free approach to addressing whited framed systems of power, dominance, and authority.

Black people’s role in addressing race relations is to raise awareness regarding race. Blacks must continue to highlight the ways in which white oppression influences their lives.

These suggestions will not solve race issues in one fell swoop.

But they do allow Whites and Blacks to move along a continuum of awareness and understanding that aims for racial healing and inclusion.

Come along for the journey-won’t you?

Beyond Diversity: Is There A Seat At The Table For Me?


From The Mind of Dr. Mack T. Hines………….


One of the most recurring themes in the field of education is diversity.

Schools and school districts spend lots of time, resources, and money on diversity. The term pops up in mission statements, vision statements, and other messages that advocate for all children.

Yet real diversity remains an elusive goal for many teachers, principals, and other school personnel.
Why? The reason is that diversity yields celebratory outcomes that fail to foster full inclusion of all children.

The facts are clear.
In racial terms, students who are not White are most likely to experience racial alienation and isolation in schools. On the social class front, low income students are often treated with high levels of disrespect and disdain. In other words, marginalization is the order of the day for many culturally diverse children.

Fortunately, there is a way to address this issue. My suggestion is that we, as educators, get beyond diversity-more so in the rhetorical sense. Now is the time to facilitate the full inclusion of culturally diverse students.

My best analogy for this premise is seats and tables. Seats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But seats have special value when they are matched with the right table.

Students come from different races and social classes. And they ought to be able bring those differences to the table of inclusion. In this vein, inclusion is the vast array of opportunities and resources that propel students to success and achievement.

It is one thing to see this table. But it’s another thing to be welcomed with open arms and without stipulations. It’s one thing to be welcomed to the table. But it’s another thing to have a say at what goes on without any stipulations. It’s one thing to have a voice at the table. But It’s another thing to have access to specific resources and opportunities.

This design should be a part of all students’ schooling experiences. This will help to reduce students’ tendency to wonder if their schools’ offer seats at the table for everyone. They will know by the way in which they are treated and seated.

Table Anyone?