I’ve always had a hard time asking for help from others. Part of it is absolutely due to the toxic nature of masculinity when I grew up in the 80s. Men don’t ask for help. Expressing weakness is to be avoided at all costs. It’s my job to help others, but don’t expect others to help you. And for many who do ask, the help never comes at all. We’re told to “Man up and deal with it.” This is starting to change, but men, we need to do better. And it will take some humility.
Those books on that shelf in my class,
Those long forgotten anthologies,
Can stop a bullet. Or a whole clip.
“I didn’t get into this job to encourage students to fail, and that’s not exactly what I did for my student, but I reminded her that sometimes you have to take care of other things that matter, like yourself, and in order to do so, you may have to let some ideas and plans die.”
I am so happy to be back here. I haven’t written for myself in a few months because we’ve been… Read more Redefining the American Dream, Because Hard Work and Land is Not the Only Path to Success
A defense of Critical Race Theory, especially after the Pandemic.