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  • Writer's pictureKeisha Nzewi

"Equity" & A Guide to Coded Language in Education

Earlier this year in a gathering of early child care advocates, the word equity was being tossed around at it was grating at me. I finally raised my hand and said “Equity is good, but I feel like in this moment it’s being used as a euphemism for racism, and we should just use the words we mean.” Heads nodded, but I’m not sure it made a difference.

Then, later in the spring, I found myself doing the same thing–instead of saying something was racist (it was), I said it was “explicit bias at worse.” We’ve been so ingrained to soften our language when it comes to issues of race and racism. This brief article is a good glossary of terms we need to get rid of and instead speak the actual truth.


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