I have been part of multiple segregated staff meetings over the last 2 years as an MPS teacher. Our school will hold one meeting for white staff and another for staff of color. I am white, our topic today is “white accountability” which is pretty typical. I do not know what is discussed in the other meetings, as there is never a chance to come back together to share at the end. White accountability usually involves a lot of “reflection” exclusively about things negatively associated with whiteness- obviously any negative qualities assigned to white teachers are meant to be owned and apologized for, never debated. It’s the most frustrating part of my job.
Submitted: May 17, 2021