Teachable Moments: November 24

I help to lead an affinity group

for female students of color.

We discuss today

how privilege means



to spaces

to which one has no right.



a white male teacher

opens the door


with his two white granddaughters

paying no mind

to our meeting.


I think

that he taught here last period

and has returned

after school

to get something he forgot.



he says

that he hears we have food.


I wonder if

I should have gone to the boys’ soccer banquet last night

in my sweaty gym clothes

joined the coaches

male athletes


and asked for a second helping of dessert.


I feel lucky.

He taught them better

about what privilege means

than I ever could.


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