After another unfortunate school shooting in Parkland, FL, where 17 innocent lives were tragically lost. The subject of gun control has come back into the conversation. Several State Representatives have endorsed the idea of giving guns to school educators to defend themselves.
Almost immediately after the school shooting, N.C. Rep, Larry Pittman, spoke on his plan to prevent school shootings by arming teacher with guns, suggesting “We have to get over this useless hysteria about guns and allow school personnel to have a chance to defend their lives and those of their students.”
On Thursday, White People’s President, Donald Trump, made statement that he would “give them a little bonus” to train teachers who will carry guns and these training sessions would be federally funded.
It does not surprise me that the federal government can find the funds to train educators to carry a gun and give them a bonus for it but have yet to find the funds to prevent crowded classrooms, outdated learning materials, and shortage of supplies.
The average class size for a teacher can range from 20-30 students and not forgetting middle and high school teachers who have 4-6 classes per day. Not to mention that teachers put in more than 400 hours of overtime per year and over $500 per year on additional school supplies for their students.
They do all of this and only make on average of $56,433 and 30% of them have a second job to support their own families. Teaching is the longest and most unappreciated profession.
After school shooting incidents like this, the NRA follows with its usually line of “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” They have said they support deeper background checks and keeping guns from people with mental issues but they are split on the issue of arming school personnel with guns.
I believe that is idea is ludicrous. I find it applauding that the leader of this country can find money in its budget to train and arm teachers but to give them a proper living wage or to give money to the schools for new learning materials and supplies.
There are many amazing teachers but there are also a lot of shitty one; just like police officers. We give trained police officers guns to protect us, and we still have those who use that gun to bully and murder innocent adults and children ALL THE TIME! There have so many innocent of teachers mistreating students without having the option of assaulting them with a weapon.
The issue that we are facing is too many people have guns, who should not. I don’t believe the NRA, in that we should give more guns to good people. It is no secret that America has a gun problem; it is too damn easy for anyone to get one. WE NEED TO WORK ON THAT.
I don’t really care about your right to bear arms, when there are children who are afraid to go to school, parent who feel the need to buy bullet proof backpack to send their child to get an education, and underpaid educators who now have to worry dying while trying the teach. Arming teaching can create an uncomfortable learning environment and hinder the students’ ability to learn.
This idea could become a slippery slope. Next thing you know someone is seriously suggesting to arm the students with guns so they can protect themselves. The problem is the people who go into these institutions and decide to cause hysteria and that they have easy access the weapons they need to do it.
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Working in an office setting can be very difficult if you are not a straight white man. If you are a person of color or a woman, it can be hard for you to navigate office settings. If you are a person of color AND a woman it can be downright impossible. You don’t want to be labeled as moody, difficult, or the angry black woman. As much process as women have made over the years, there are still many glass ceilings and doors that we must break through.
Like many of my peers, who are just starting into their career industries, we may not the skills to properly navigate office setting especially when it is time to stand up for themselves or something they want. You want to be assertive and give Olivia Pope/Annalise Keating vibes but you also don’t want it to turn into a Mona Scott production of Love and Hip Hop.
On the other hand, standing up for yourself on a certain issue is necessary because if you don’t advocate for yourself no one else will. And yes, it could be difficult. I have reached out to other professional women of color for tips on how to handle these situations in the workplace.
1. Take Time to Cool Off
When you are frustrated, you often use words that you should not say and it probably isn’t the best time to discuss the issue. Schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss the issue. This is multi-beneficial because you have the time to gather you thoughts and your boss will be open to listening to you.
2. Be Assertive/Not Aggressive
Keep a professional tone. It is important to stay firm on the issues but be sure you are not being confrontational. Keep it cool, calm and collective. Choose your words carefully and use a lot of “I” statements. Don’t play the blame game or play the victim. Make your stand on the issues and defend your points with facts.
3. Pick Your Battles
Stay focus on the issue at hand. Prepare for your meeting with your boss by making a list of goals and topics that you would like to accomplish and talk about. Try not to stray from the topic at hand; this could come off as unprepared and the topic you want to discuss could be overlooked.
4. The Great Comeback
If the conversation does not go as planned or you don’t get the outcome you hoped for. That is ok. Don’t be afraid to revisit the topic with your boss at a later date. If you don t feel that your boss is taking your stance on the subject seriously. Don’t be afraid to go to someone else in management with your issues. If this issue at hand is a serious matter to you, make that known.
This week at work, I disagreed with my boss on an issue. I was hesitant to challenge her because I am new to the company and I am one of 3 black women who working my department of 30+ people. However, I wanted to express my opinion on the matter and let her know the reasons behind my arguments because she may not have had them in mind. I scheduled a meeting to sit with her when I knew she wasn’t busy and we spoke. There was some back and forth but by the end of the conversation she agreed with my points and decided that my approach to the situation was best. I know that not all discussions will not go that way but it is good know that I can if I need to and have the tools to help me through it.
Reaching out to other woman of color about our struggles and challenges can help us find solutions to common problems. We need to build a community of resources within us. That is only way we will survive. If we don’t help ourselves no one else will.