ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Chicago, Illinois

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of…

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a…

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

Racial CrossFit Exercise for Black History Month: Study White Racism

If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to…

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to…

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Posted Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during…

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system…

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

Your Neighborhood School May Not Make the Rankings But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Right for Your Kid

When moving into my neighborhood, my husband and I never considered our neighborhood school a viable option for our children.…

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Be Fixed With a #BlackLivesMatter Sign in Your Yard

“How can I be sexist? I have a mother, a wife and daughters!” If you’re a woman reading that sentence,…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low.…

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native American students. In the summer…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down for a day to learn…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter school where over half the…

By Conor P. Williams

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