In this article, FBI Director James Comey talks about law enforcement and racism. He addresses the topic in a more direct way than any of his predecessors have in public and in a way that might help continue some conversations that took place this fall. As someone who works with young people, the most important take-away is the line, “It’s hard to hate up close.”
It also reminds me of the importance of – and the power in – white allies speaking out against racism. It’s not enough for people of color to do the heavy lifting in this fight.
Here at school we know it’s important to talk to our students about issues like race, as well as the importance of acting as an ally. The adolescent mind has the capability to wrestle with large, complicated topics around social justice and equity and these topics are of great interest to them.