Race in the Classroom: Seeing Color

In this spoken word poetry, Valyn Turner, a high school student, shares a powerful CALL to ACTION about her need and the need of students of color to be seen. She addresses a common educator practice of claiming to “not see color” and makes a powerful case for why seeing color is important. She also addresses a common fear white teachers have about talking about race – making mistakes – and encourages educators to lean into mistakes and learn from them. Through this student’s own words, a powerful WHY emerges for educators to take up talking about race and to learn and grow. Subtopics she addresses include learning students’ names and the need to understand how systemic policies such as redlining and attitudes toward hair have reinforced the racism we see today. As a note, West Wind uses the term “color evasive” instead of “color blind.”   

Resource by Valyn Turner. 


Race in the Classroom: Seeing Color

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