I hope that this discussion help each of us as educators to be better about being race sensitive and this will help with healing and understanding to move to equality. I work in a mostly white/Indian population. The staff is also mostly made up of white women. This past year I had 18 students 6 black students, 9 white students, and 3 Indian students. Usually when we group students we do try to group the black students together so they have more diversity in the classroom. One of my black students was a major behavior problem. He is school choice and his neighborhood and previous school is very different from my school. It was a learning curve in the beginning. I should also say that one of my white students was also a major behavior problem. He would throw chairs and hide in the classroom, scream and cry. I have always said I don't see race. I just love them and teach them the best I can. But race is there. Is it hard being a black student in a sea of white students? Are there things I should be doing to be a better diverse teacher? I try to read a culturally diverse books that have characters of all colors and backgrounds. I offer different colors of skin tones. In our first grade standards we discuss Martin Luther King Jr, George Washington Carver, and Ruby Bridges. I find it hard to discuss how black people were treated differently. Students do not understand why someone would not be accepted to college because of their skin tone. They do not understand why Ruby was so brave to endure people screaming hateful things at her when she was just their age. I tiptoe over the topic because it isn't comfortable. I feel like I am teaching them to look at people differently. Is that wrong? How can I teach about how the world was so different to such innocent eyes?