Monday Reading List: Kindergarteners With Questions, Lying as Political Strategy, and The Resurgence of the KKK

Where do I even start? Grace Tatter, writing at Chalkbeat, looks at a group of kindergartners who now have a justifiable fear of being deported:

For months, [Patty] Madera has worked with a small group of Latino students, mostly girls, at Nashville’s Madison Middle School through an after-school program run jointly by the Nashville After Zone Alliance and the nonprofit Conexión Américas, which offers a range of services to Tennessee’s immigrant community. Some of the students are citizens, born in Tennessee. Others immigrated here as recently as two years ago. Some are undocumented; many have undocumented relatives ... When the conversation turned to immigration and deportation, many of the girls seemed to think that their deportation was a forgone conclusion. Trump has pledged to deport people currently in the country illegally, but many students said they were concerned that all immigrants are under threat. “Can we stay here?” one girl asked.

A lot of folks have the privilege to take a "wait and see" approach to this administration (*cough* White people *cough*). Madera's students, on the other hand, don't have that luxury, as indiscriminate deportation policies will have devastating consequences for children. If you think the issue of documentation is a binary, "cut and dry" sort of thing, it's not. Do your homework.

Lots of educators have turned to social media to express their love and solidarity, but even that is too much activism for some sensitive critics. Donna St. George of The Washington Post looked at the phenomenon:

The fallout of a divisive presidential campaign played out on social media after a state senator in Maryland blasted a message from the schools chief in Baltimore County that asked educators to embrace groups of minority students. The exchange started after Baltimore County Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, who is active on Twitter, retweeted a message posted by Joshua P. Starr, the onetime superintendent of Montgomery County’s public school system. Starr’s election-night tweet had addressed educators: “tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just nonwhite St’s, that you love them and will protect them!” ... “How about showing love to all students, every day?” one critic tweeted. “How dare you bring race and religion into this publicly.”

Oy. If Starr's name sounds familiar, he wrote a guest post for this blog in July about tools for White anti-racist educators. The idea that Starr somehow introduced "race and religion into this publicly" is the silliest thing I've ever heard. While I am an unabashed fan of social media-driven activism and organizing, in times like these, it's even more important to make sure that you're doing real work on the ground, in addition to amplifying virtual conversations. In that spirit, a whole gaggle of reporters at The Hechinger Report examined the campus activism in the wake of the election.

Speaking of things happening in real life, Chris Sommerfeldt and Cameron Joseph of The New York Daily News report that the Ku Klux Klan is planning a victory parade for president-elect Trump on December 3:

The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., — “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States,” according to the Anti-Defamation League — says on its website it is planning a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” for Dec. 3 to celebrate Trump’s election win. “TRUMP=TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE,” reads the website's bold header, above an image of Trump standing before what appears to be his namesake tower in midtown Manhattan.

Oh. If anti-racist White folks have ideas for how to respond to this, I welcome suggestions. Already kicking around some thoughts in the old noggin ...

It's more important than ever for White folks to show up now, because as Shamira Ibrahim pointed out in Very Smart Brothas, Black women showed up on election day:

The exit polls are in. Despite all of the fair and empirical reservations Black Women had on putting our future in a Clinton presidency for a second time, 91 percent of Black Women with a college degree voted for HRC. Without a college degree? 95% No matter how concerned we were about how vested the Democratic leadership was in tending to our interests and our issues, we fell in line and carried the load that was demanded of us — as we’ve done time and again. Conversely, the exit numbers on White women? Madame Clinton barely got a majority of college educated women, and was damn near pushed out 2-to-1 to White women without a college degree.

Results like these surprised a lot of people, and Adam Serwer is in The Atlantic explaining why an ill-equipped media left us starved for useful information:

During the 2016 presidential campaign, reporters marveled at the ability of Donald Trump and his surrogates to create an alternate reality in which statements made by the candidate had not been made at all—from his view that global warming is a hoax, to his nonexistent opposition to the Iraq War, to his refusal to say he would concede in the event of a loss, to his remarks about his relationship to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. These are people who could argue that the sky is green without a blink. They were able to win a presidential election while doing so. Now they will have the entire apparatus of the federal government to bolster their lies, and the mainstream press is woefully unprepared to cover them.

Serwer points out that lying, as a presidential endeavor, will not be a new thing. See also: Bush, Clinton, Nixon, Johnson, etc. Still, Serwer argues that, in manipulating the media's weaknesses around fact-checking, Trump exposed their inclination to accept "official reports," which he can now exploit even more as president. In other words, media: