I am not trying to offend anyone with what I'm writing right now. I hope that what I write today will not cause me to lose any blogging friends, but I'm at a loss and I really, really could use some help.
okay, yesterday I had a major incident with an African American female student. Over my seven years of teaching when I reflect on these types of incidences, I'm always left with the feeling that I could have done something to prevent it from getting to a point of heated escalation. I will say this, I did stay very, very calm and it was only afterwards that I let my emotions come out.
Every time a student has ever sworn at me and used language that was very inappropriate and/or verbally threatened me with violence, it has been an African American female student. Now, I have had other students, male and female, of different ethnicities refuse to follow a directive, or become very upset with me and say something like "I hate this shit" or "this school fucking sucks," but every single time that something verbally derogatory has ever been hurled at me personally, it has been an African American female student.
It seems that for African American females they are much more willing to get into my face than any other group of students and I'm not sure why. I never go into the expectation that every student is going to like me. The major rule that I try to live by is to treat others as you want to be treated. Later on today, I'll post about yesterday's incident in all of its full (and ugly) detail, but for right now, I'm just curious as to what thoughts and ideas are out there was to why my ugliest incidences seem to be with African American female students.
(hitting publish and swallowing hard while I do so . . . )