playing cardsThe most recent NY Times article in the Race/Related series centers around an upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Conor McGregor. In this article, a deeper meaning emerges from this fight prospect. Mayweather, black and boxing champion, and McGregor, white and mixed martial arts professional, have seemed to have tapped into some of the same types of bias and historical ignorance as the rest of the country. It is an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ attitude.

Unsure whether Mr. McGregor fully understood the insensitivity of his racially charged disrespectful comments to and about Mr. Mayweather, but nobody could possibly be that ignorant, given the nature of recent conversations. Consciousness has been raised and race is no longer a subliminal conversation. It is in everyone’s living room and it is now live and in full HD color.  The revolution actually is being televised, and no one can afford to tune out.

It is that time, America, and we can no longer sweep race under this country’s rug. It can’t be kept under wraps, because we all have seen what happens when ignorance continues to rear its ugly head. Volatility, death, destruction, and racial discord on a national level! We are imploding and the irony of it all is that we can stop it from happening. The longer we wait, the worse the consequences.

Everyone will no doubt tune in to this upcoming fight, and I am now very confused. Is it about money, love or hate? Either way, the more we act out in utter ignorance against one another, the faster we fall from global influence and power. A nation divided by itself shall not prevail or even survive.

Enough of my soapbox, read more about the fight in this article:

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Published by JaDonnia

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnerships between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I tell truths rarely explored-to both educators and families. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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