Story 5

This story was shared by an NPS student.

Image ID: the background of image 1 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “When I was in 6th grade we were watching a serious movie about people in Africa, and there were a few religious ceremonies in it. When the movie was over, my teacher walked out of the room to print something, and when he did, about 6 or 7 white boys started pounding their chests and making noises like monkeys. They were mocking African culture. Looking back I feel embarrassed that I didn’t stand up and say something.”

Image 2 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” “emotional response,” “and hurt & exclusion” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “whiteness,” “educational challenges,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” deemphasized with paler colors.

Reflect, discuss

Prompts for personal reflection and conversation with others:

> What do you experience in your body (sensations), heart (feelings), and/or head (thoughts) on reading the story we just posted?

> What does this story make you want to do/say? What feels possible for you to do/say? What feels hard and/or hopeful?

> Who has the power in this story? Whose voice/s are not being heard?

> What choices might the people in this story have had–and/or not have had? What is the impact of the choices they make? 

> What might they have said or done differently in the moment–or afterward–and what impact might it have had?

Story 4

This story was shared by an NPS student.

Image ID: the background of images 1, 2, and 3 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “I was in my 6th grade math class one day, and my math teacher asked our class if we knew any famous mathematicians. A bunch of people raised their hands. Someone said Albert Einstein, someone said Isaac Newton, and a few other people. My math teacher said, ‘What are the similarities of those people? They are all white men.’ Then she pulled up a slide with a picture of a man with brown skin. His name was Srinivasa Ramanujan. She talked about how he was a really, really good mathematician, but he was not well known because he was Indian. She said she was going to introduce us to a new mathematician every once in a while, and most of them would be people of color or women, because even though they are really smart they are not known as much because they are people of color or women. I thought that was really good because people need to know about racism, and lots of teachers don’t talk about race in their classes and act like racism is not an issue.”

Image 4 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “educational challenges,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “whiteness,” “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” “emotional response,” “and hurt & exclusion” deemphasized with paler colors.

Reflect, discuss

Potential prompts for personal reflection and conversation with others:

> What do you experience in your body (sensations), heart (feelings), and/or head (thoughts) on reading the story we just posted?

> What does this story make you want to do/say? What feels possible for you to do/say? What feels hard and/or hopeful?

> Who has the power in this story? Whose voice/s are not being heard?

> What choices might the people in this story have had–and/or not have had? What is the impact of the choices they make? 

> What might they have said or done differently in the moment–or afterward–and what impact might it have had?

Story 3

This story was shared by an NPS teacher/staff member.

Image ID: the background of image 1 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “I was picking up students to do small group work. Their class was with a guest teacher for one of their specials. The guest teacher assumed I, a white person, was the classroom teacher who had come to pick up the class. The actual classroom teacher, a person of color, was also in the room and was lining up the class to leave.”

Image 2 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “whiteness,” and “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” and “hurt & exclusion” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “educational challenges,” “emotional response,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” deemphasized with paler colors.