In an effort to repair the harm spawned from anti-Black & institutional racism, restore humanity and truly come together to know one another, United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²) seeks to develop a collective body of research, analysis and resources that will influence educational policies and practices, advocate for the empowerment of children, adolescents, youth and their families, and inspire compassionate P-16 educators, including school counselors, social workers and psychologists who are capable of helping students overcome racial trauma, evolve into leaders within educational institutions throughout the United States.
It is our aspiration that by planting seeds, one day trees will grow in abundance and the struggle for equity in African American, African, Black Carribean and Afro-LatinX communities will cease to exist as our children and youth, healed from intergenerational trauma, will emerge into powerful agents of change, transforming our nation and ultimately, our world.
United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²) will influence current P-16 school leaders to begin dismantling historically toxic acts of institutional racism in schools that breeds a ground of macro and microaggressions towards staff, students, and families primarily of African descent, which produces racial battle fatigue and trauma in the U.S. with our:
USB² knows first hand how exhausting this work truly is. However, with our research and strategies along with your acknowledgement and support, we can work together to overcome Racial Battle Fatigue, address Anti-Blackness and eradicate Institutional Racism in P-16 Schools, one system at a time.
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If you missed our dynamic discussion on Monday, June 29th with Dr. William A. Smith, Dr. Tommy J. Curry, Dr. T. Hasan Johnson, Professor Ayesha K. Mustafaa, Professor Kenyatta Bakeer, Attorney Jetaun Stevens and Assistant Director Mohamed Abdi save the date and REGISTER NOW ON THE LINK ABOVE for Racial Battle Fatigue in America Part 2:
How Will Schools Receive Us After COVID-19 & Racial Unrest
Racial Battle Fatigue in America Part 1 & 2, June 29, 2020 featuring Dr. Tommy J. Curry (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Bernadette Pruitt (Sam Houston State University), Professor Ayesha K. Mustafaa (Tougaloo College), Mohamed Abdi (San Diego State University), Professor Kenyatta Bakeer (West Los Angeles College) Attorney Jetaun Stevens (Children's Law Center) Dr. T. Hasan Johnson (Fresno State University) and Dr. William A. Smith (The University of Utah)
Hear Dr. Tommy J. Curry of the University of Edinburgh dynamically explain the theoretical framework of Racial Battle Fatigue in context with how COVID-19 impacts people of African descent at higher rates than any other group in the U.S.. Later, Dr. Bernadette Pruitt from Sam Houston State University's History Department explains the history of policing in African American communities up north and down south, including the Great Migration.
Clearly, COVID-19 and Racial Injustices Produce RBF in Students, Families and Educators of African Descent. This is the 1st part of an outstanding conversation hosted by United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²) on June 29, 2020.
You don't want to miss Dr. William A. Smith give an overall analysis so make sure to listen to Session Two.
Listen to Professor Ayesha K. Mustafaa of Tougaloo College enlighten us the day after Mississippi decided to remove its Confederate Flag nearly 150 years after the Civil War ended. Asst. Director Mohamed Abdi from San Diego State University shares alarming statistics about suspension and expulsion rates of Black children as early as preschool, while Professor Kenyatta Bakeer West LA College shares strategies on how to engage our children.
Not to mention Attorney Jetaun Stevens from the Children's Law Center in Sacramento provides insight on foster youth and injustices in Sacramento's history of policing followed by Dr. T. Hasan Johnson from Fresno State University who prolifically dialogues on how reparations can begin to heal our people.
The esteemed Dr. William A. Smith encapsulates the entire discussion with strategies to move forward amidst this time of COVID-19 and Anti-Blackness here and abroad.
Hosted by United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²). This is the 2nd part of June 29th, 2020 symposium.
Register for July 27, 2020 session at www.usb2.org.
While we know RBF lingers in Higher Education, we must recognize how Anti-Blackness and Racial Battle Fatigue festers in P-12 Schools as a result of suspensions, school policing, biased teaching practices, lack of school counselors, social workers and inequitable leadership at all levels of education. We must do better now.
We are all experiencing Racial Battle Fatigue!
Why we need equitable outcomes for our children starting as early as preschool and even in infant/toddler care.
Why I am deeply invested in this work.
USB² wants to hear from you! Whether you are a student, parent, educator, counselor, administrator, faculty member, or support staff who is of African descent, share your racially traumatic experiences in schools with our research foundation today.
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