Having done 87 of these exact presentations this year prior to this one, my only regret in reflection is not providing myself enough time to fully explain the purpose as I have been able to at other presentations, as some of the students and staff from what I understand felt like it was not explained thoroughly. Despite this, we must continue these discussions. As educators, we are bound to doing this ethically and morally. Like dangers in education, we must also acknowledge the most dangerous elements in the media are those that require a 30 second sound bite and no context. Unlike educational engagements, which take time and patience, the majority of media doesn’t allow for taking the time and corresponding effort to get to the heart of a situation prior to creating an atmosphere of vilification whether intentional or not.
I read his super long explanation of the intent behind his actions and his claims of marital and personal ties to, and influences from, people of color and he is still WRONG despite his vociferous protestations to the contrary. His whole defense reeks of self righteousness. His belief that his experiences best position him to tell people how they should feel about "race". His belief that it is ok to use CHILDREN as props to make a point. His statement that he will continue to do this exercise (in his new job!!), despite the fallout and knowing that the students involved expressed their emotional pain about it, this tells you everything you need to know about him.How does this 'exercise' break down walls? He doesn't have a degree in psychology so would he be able to handle the situation if it turned into something ugly? Just because he is married to a' Woman of Color' (his words -American Indian) doesn't make him the poster child for racial healing. I'm betting that he never considered how uncomfortable some of the children that were involved in these workshops (he did 87 of them this year) felt.
Still didn’t explain the point and benefit of the “ice breaker”https://kfor.com/news/local/it-is-a...ining-students-up-by-skin-color-hair-texture/
Recruiter telling his side of the story.