One of the college at which I teach is the most diverse educational institution in the state. When I walk through the hallways, mine is often the only white face.
My research and writing class has 25 students: 17 are people of color.
Today I read this in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: the Citizens League projects that "of current 9th grade Minnesota students, only 3% of American Indians, 5% of Hispanics and 3% of African-Americans will get a bachelor's degree in Minnesota within 10 years."
Suddenly seems pretty important. Urgent.
These kind of statistics are what make me roll my eyes when pundits chortle and point: "Oh, oh! Barack is pulling out the race card!" Or "Hillary's got the gender card! Hillary's got the gender card!"
Recognizing that race matters isn't a game. The more we actively and overtly fight racism, the more chance those really shameful statistics change.
A rock star? Got nothin' on my gig.