Dear Dr. Robin Turner,
Thank you for being! We at the CFC would like to send you love and support as you are being attacked for doing the work that we believe is necessary for changing our world. When we ask our students to understand that everyone is not white, male, heterosexual, we have then begun to challenge not only systems of power but also the deeply ingrained identity constructs through which folks understand themselves. Unfortunately, sometimes we are caught in the crossfire of students’ reactions to being challenged. It is easier to react than to respond.
We hope you elevate your practice of self-care in this moment, that you reject the implicit demand evident in this student’s temper tantrum that you do the emotional labor around his privilege(s) that he is unwilling to do. Our hope is that you are enveloped in a community of supportive colleagues, administrators, friends, and family members, and that you know that your extended network has your back. We love you!
With Crunk Support,
P.S. As you take time to care for your self in this moment, we offer the links below to bring a smile to your face or comfort to your heart!
- Shit White Girls Say To Black Girls
- Nice White Lady
- Des’Ree “You Gotta Be”
- T.I., “You Don’t Know Me”
- Crime Mob, “Knuck If You Buck”
- Sade, Soldier of Love