I have been informed by my students that today’s events are the result of another fucking TikTok trend, but I have yet to actually encounter it anywhere on the site and I am certainly not about to go looking. I can only say that never once, in my entire teaching career, which began in the year 2000 and has spanned two cities, over a half-dozen schools and, conservatively, probably a few thousand kids, never once in all that time have I had to explain to Black children that yelling “White Power!” at the top of their lungs in the hallways or in the classrooms is perhaps not an entirely appropriate thing to do.
Until this week. Where I have had to do it more than once.
I am fucking tired.