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Whose Shade I Will Never See

I've got a Creative Licences and Passion for Social Issues. Aspiring teacher and tree planter.


Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning.

Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”

A bit harsh? Perhaps, but philosophy teachers owe it to our students to teach them how to construct and defend an argument – and to recognize when a belief has become indefensible.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.


-No, you’re not entitled to your opinion (via pbnpineapples)

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4 Year Old Foils Babysitter’s Robbery Plot - Video

Let’s just blame the black guy…

believe a little girl in 30 seconds but won’t believe the black man after 5 hours….lol ok.

Says a lot.

It really does. I think it’s wonderful that she told that truth however, this is a prime example of white privilege. At 4 years old, she actually had systematic power over the fate of a Black male. White privilege is a very real and impactful thing.

Okay look I get the whole race thing but can’t we look past that and just see how awesome this little girl is..why must everyone always see the negative?

Well, that’s what the second bolded comment did, in terms of seeing how awesome that girl is.

The thing is, if you do get the race thing, you don’t look past it. It’s not just a negative thing when it results in what happened here or what is going on in Ferguson (or countless other things in the past and present). 

I get what you’re saying in terms of looking at positive sides of a story, but it doesn’t negate the very real negative aspects that often control the lives of others. So while we might like to look past it, we really can’t if we want anything positive in the future.

What this girl did WAS great, but sadly, it is only awesome because of the inherent racism in the situation.

Saving Face →


In the middle of my English 9 class, as I’m at the board writing, I hear the sound of a camera shutter. I quickly turn and see one of my students with her iPhone out and she is blushing. Her friends are in hysterics that she was caught.

Me: “Okay. Show me.”

She is red in the face and madly…

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