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It’s not enough to not be racist

By Nader Twal
December 2022
When I taught high school, I always started my days early. I was usually in my classroom by 6 a.m. to prepare for the students who arrived at 7:30 a.m. for our first-period class. It was a routine that I grew to cherish because I was able to ease into my day and bring the best version of myself to the students. But, on Sept. 11, 2001, that routine came to a grinding halt as I walked down the hall to my classroom. A colleague of mine, who taught a few doors down and was already in his classroom, glanced at me with horror in his eyes and said, “A plane just went into one of the Twin Towers.” I didn’t know what to do

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References

Tatum, B.D. (2017). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? Basic Books.


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Program Administrator for Professional Learning and Curriculum Services at Long Beach Unified School District | + posts

Nader I. Twal is a program administrator in the Long Beach Unified School District’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development.


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