As someone who’s been attacked, I know how these kind of incidents can impact your psyche. You’re never quite the same again. You look over your shoulder more. You scan faces in crowds, looking to recognize your attacker.
Andrea Adams, 39, went into Tuesday’s school board meeting anticipating that she would be surrounded by racists. But after listening intently to what fellow attendees said she found that there is a whole lot of misunderstanding about what it’s like for African Americans.
“We battled. We were like two bulls butting heads sometimes,” said Duncan. “I told him the other day, ‘If you asked me to go back and raise you all over again, I don’t know if I would be able to do it.’
It’s estimated that only seven schools in the entire school district have certified librarians on staff, according to the Pennsylvania Library Association. Seven! That’s a travesty and also an example of institutionalized inequity.
“It’s really a function of poverty,” said Gary J. Bell, executive director of Bebashi: Transition to Hope. “What do people do when they are sad, or depressed, or don’t have enough money? They either get high or they have sex.”
At a time when authorities nationwide are searching for ways to reach at-risk students, Terrance Newton has found a novel way to connect with his young male students. Warner Elementary's barbershop cost next to nothing. Most of the supplies are donated. Others Newton purchased himself.