Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ending the “Lock Out” of Black Students, How OUSD Enrollment Rules Hurt Black Kids

District enrollment rules conspire against equity from top to bottom.  Even those most “fair” mechanisms like lotteries.   Redistributing opportunities and privilege means upending these rules, something Oakland Unified has started, and gotten huge pushback on.   But it’s time we take a hard look and make some hard choices.  I agree with president Harris’s comments at the recent OUSD meeting that… Read more →

The Cole World Podcast: Ep. 44 Frankenstein’s Monster

  Today, we discuss the tragedies that our country has continued to face. We also have a little fun — because we need it. I discuss the new Ghostbuster’s movie. Topics (In Order): – Conversation w/Black Students about what’s going on – The Nice Tragedy – Ghostbusters Reboot – Frankenstein’s monster Intro and Outro Music: Joe Budden – Freedom Freestyle Article:… Read more →


Again, HERE’S WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT YOU! Just read the comments from the Katie Couric and Deray interview on Giuliani’s comments about #BlackLivesMatter. #BLM is currently being painted as a hate group with all of the recent violence against officers being erroneously place on them. However, the article isn’t even the focal point here. Read the comments! The comments here, MY GOD,… Read more →

Responding in a Deeply Divided World

In a world where we are deeply divided and the internet has offered the world the greatest mask of anonymity I’ve ever witnessed, I wanted to lift up a conversation. Recently, I wrote an article criticizing CNN and other news outlets for instantly looking for a criminal history of Black victims after they were shot by the police. In that… Read more →

Treating the Wounds No One Can See, Trauma Is a Disability

“Johnny” drove me crazy.  He was always up and out of his seat and bobbing around the classroom. One eye constantly tracked him, waiting for him to get up, and he never disappointed, it was easy enough to get him to sit back down but he was always back up.  It was a moment to moment mental wrestling match, a… Read more →

CNN, Putting Murdered Black Men on Trial Makes You the WORST Type of Sucka

I’m upset, so I’m just going to get to the point. Posting mugshots of Black men that were just murdered by cops just hours after makes you a sucka. Sure, I can write that in a more flowery way. I can discuss how the racist undertones and dog whistle reporting actually does nothing but further numb the masses to the… Read more →

After 8 Schools and Almost Giving Up, I’m Graduating From MetWest and Headed to UC Davis

This guest post is by Camille Marley Brewster (aka Mars), who is graduating from MetWest High School in Oakland Unified School District this month. During my time in Oakland I’ve been to eight different schools, some district, some charter, one home-schooling program twice, and then finally ending up at one very different and special high school, MetWest, that I graduated from… Read more →

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