High School Systemic Racism: You're Not A Real Black Person

premed Jul 14, 2020

 

If you are a student of color, just know that you are not alone! We see you and understand. Keep pushing and keep trying to dominate!

 

Full Episode Transcript

Dr. Andre Pinesett here. And today we are continuing our discussion of systemic racism in higher education and education in general. And today we advanced from junior high to high school guys, junior high to high school. And today, right? The words are, you are not a real black person. You are not a real black person who has heard that. Right? Who has said that if you're the opposite of it, but it feels terrible when we're talking about today, the nonreal right? The fake black person, let's talk about it. Y'all But stop making excuses. Stop whining. Stop right. Get at it. No excuses, just dominate. Just want to keep it real. Right.
 
Everybody wants to keep it real, but how do we keep it real as a black person? That's what we talk about today, guys. I'm dr. Pints, and I'm the study doc as always trying to be positivity in productivity, helping students be their best, having pre-meds be the best to hopefully reach all their ultimate goals, including being social students and getting into medical school.
 
What is up guys? Merrill, Witham. Surrogate sticks can read your username. Kaseem USIP. Jonathan Noel. What's up. So we are continuing discussion guys. We are live all week. We are live-action right now, Albert. Hello, Karla. Hello. Um, we were talking about race in America, right? Recently racism and discrimination have been pushed to the forefront, right? With that brutal murder in public daylight, murder nine minutes in the back of the neck of George Floyd, but many other incidents. And what we are trying to do this week is to spotlight that as minorities in America, particularly as blacks in America, it is a different experience. And there are systemic factors that make being a black person or a person of color in America in general.
 
But particularly as students of color, it is unique, in a different, in a challenging experience and today's words. And I think every single day, what I'm bringing to you guys is not necessarily the words that are said, because a lot of times, right, racism, discrimination is kind of covert is kind of subtle it's right. These microaggressions. It's not necessarily what was said, but it's what is felt right. And yesterday it was my black skin intimidating. My teacher, right? The look of my blackface was intimidating and threatening to my teacher. And today we advanced high school. And if you guys don't know, I could put orange County, I went to Newport Harbor high school, right home of the sailors. And if you guys don't know about Newport beach, it is one of the wealthiest, most Republican cities in America, very wealthy, very Republican, very conservative. And at this high school of 2,500 students, we had a 2,400, some change students. There were count them three black people in the entire high school, three elementary students, three black people. And it's like 1%, it's terrible. Three black people, less than 1%. And the rest of the school was split half Hispanic, half white. And I went through this high school being one of the few black faces. And it was interesting, and I, and I kind of, I think that it's, it's, what's given me such a, uh, I think a unique insight, unique perspective and to racism and discrimination and race relations in education in America, because I was one of three black people in a sea of 2,400 people, half of which were lower-income, Hispanics, Mexicans, Latino are you to call it bright Brown people. And then half the school was wealthier white. And that was the division.
 
Right. And the Hispanic crowd had the tables, the white crowd had the bricks that's the outfit and the bucket kind of existed where if they existed, right. Wow. Yeah. People get conservative posted here. Right. But so that's how the school was divided. So I could see the interplay of the sea of all these people. And what I found very interesting was that as you guys, right, I'm a physician, right? I'm an anesthesiologist. I've always been serious about academics. I've always been someone who tried to put my best foot forward. And for many of you guys, right, as a minority, when you're surrounded by people who are not like you, you try to fit in, you try, you feel that pressure. As we talked about last time, right. That pressure of being the only black person, the only minority. And so you guys, we, we go through this process of feeling that pressure. We're the only ones. And we feel all the pressure to be perfect and to succeed. And so you tried your best for a long time. Right?
 
I felt this growing up right in front, the white community. I want it to be my best. And so I always tried to show them right how smart I was, how intelligent I was, how capable I was. And so I would put my best foot forward. And as part of that, in this process of going through high school and marching the process somewhere in my journey, in high school. And in the second half of my high school, someone came to me one day and they were telling a story about an encounter they had had with a black person. And the story was flagrant. Racist. Yeah. I just saw your text to see him. Yes. I'm going to read your story and a little bit, uh, if you guys have not already, you guys can send me your stories. Uh, Kaseem has my number, but you guys can send me an email, gets my website, right? At student transmission.com. Get on my contact page, send me a message. Let me know what your stories are. Dealing with. Racism, discrimination, higher education. So we can talk about it. This is a discussion for all of you guys. One tall girlfriend keeps me alive. What up Shelby? Hello Taylor. Hello. Right. So someone says to me, they tell this incredibly racist story about this black person, how ghetto they're acting. And it's very derogatory. And so I say to this girl, and I say, Hey, listen, you know, that's really an offensive story. It's really racist, which you were saying, racist. How, like, what do you mean? I'm like because you're describing black people in the way you're talking about it. It's very offensive to me as a black person. And she looks at me and she goes, Oh, well, you're not a real person. I say, what do you mean? I'm not a real black person.
 
What does that mean? And she goes, Oh, you know, you know, and I'm like, no, I don't know. What do you mean? I'm not a real black person. And she goes on to explain that I talk proper, my pants don't hang off my butt. I'm going to school. I live in Newport and she's listing off all these things that are synonymous, right? With success with being together with having aspirations. And she's ascribing that black people are the opposite of that, right? Slovenly dressed, not go-getters, lazy, poorly spoken, all these things that she's ascribing to make black people inferior. And you can imagine, right. Surrounded by white people. What do you say to that? And this is an engine and Carla knows this story. Like I talked to my student group about a little time, right? I'm trying to create a community in my student group are called to greatness. So we talk about this. She was like, is this something that's real? And it happens. And so what this prompted me to do was this, this girl was actually on ASB, right? The associated student body, wherever it stands for in high school. And it was one of the school leaders and the group of people around were also on ASB. And so it really got my goat and I was pretty angry about it. So I decided that I was going to shift and change some things up. And before I get to what happened When discrimination happens, when racism happens, when things like this happen, what is your guys' tendency? So for my students of color, if you were in the scenario and someone made you feel less than someone was being very racist, right? Towards your culture, towards your people and was indirectly insulting you, you're not a real black person.
 
How does it make you feel? What do you think? What do you do? What is your reaction to their actions, to their words. And thank you guys. All who are commenting right now and sharing, we're going to pull all this stuff up and we're going to talk about, this is a discussion. We're all here to discuss this, right? This is about educating, but opening up those channels, let people understand what that experience is. So for you guys who experienced similar situations, where you were involved with someone being racist, some being derogatory towards the group, you identify with towards you, how does it make you feel? Right. And I see here, it's awful. You don't feel, you feel awful. You feel terrible. You feel less than you feel, right? Unwanted. You feel like you don't belong. And what do you want to do? You want to withdraw? You want to go back into yourself. You want to pull away from what they're doing. And this is what happens in higher education. Right? One tall goes is I get cited because I never know what to say, right? It's what, what are you going to say to that? You're surrounded by good people who all laugh and all think it's funny, right? It's hysterical. You're not a real black person. You know, you're not ghetto all, and it's hysterical, but you're like, that's not funny to me. What do you do? And we recoil, right? We go inside our share.
 
We feel uncomfortable. And we miss out on opportunities. We experienced loneliness. We don't have a connection. We don't have the support because when things go wrong and academics, which they do right at school is hard. Sometimes you don't get the a and you want to have a shoulder, someone to go to and say, man, I messed up things. Didn't go well. But as a minority, you're not afforded that opportunity. Because if you go to them and say, man, I really messed that up. And I really need someone to tell this to your word. They're going to judge you. Right? And you are going to become that stereotype they have for what a black person is. And you don't want to embody that negative stereotype. So you keep it all inside. And how many of you guys are minorities? Feel like you have to keep your right, your soft underbelly. You have to keep your shortcomings. You have to keep your struggle, you to keep your anguish inside and you let it eat at you and tear away at you and pull away from your focus and make the academic environment, a negative environment. Right? That's what we do. And again, like you guys, aren't here to all these stories. My parents, I've always been a beacon of centering me. And what my parents always explained to me is it's not about black. It's not about white. It's not about anything. It's about excellence. And if you want to shut people up and you want people to treat you differently, the way you do it is not by yelling. It's not by getting angry. It's not by firing back. And it's not like going into a shell. It's by being so excellent. So great that all they can do is acknowledge your greatness. All they can do is see your greatness and be in awe. And so, as I said, these girls were all in student government.
 
So this is, you know what? I got you. I got you. And I ran for senior class president the next year. And in the history of the school, there had never been a black senior class president. There never been a minority senior class president. And in fact, 90% of the ASB and all of the elected positions at the time were white. So ASB elections are coming right? And people put up posters and all this stuff about do hear that stuff. I'm just on the ballot and everything. It's a big joke. And I'm running against this girl who is, was sophomore class president junior class president, and is now going to be senior class president. Right. Got it all. And I'm running against her.
 
And they're like, why has got running history? Oh my gosh, of course, she's gonna win. And they were mocking my campaign. I didn't put up any posters. None of that, God time per speech time, what do you want to represent? If you're elected ASB? And she got up to get this whole speech, but how she was going to serve the student bodies and get more on-campus parking and all that kind of stuff going on. Right? She gives her speech. They hand me the microphone. And I said, Hey, listen, I'm running because I want to change the face of our student body. I said, when you look around right, half the school are students of color. And I said, if you vote for me, it's because you want more color. And I said, right now, right, we are not represented equally. And I said, all of my students of color, vote for me, make your vote count, make our voice heard. Cause I'll represent us, the students of color. And it was, and I'm watering down a bit for you guys, right? Giving you guys the filtered version.
 
But if something to that raw effect, it was all about race and it's about representation and about things being equal. And it was about feeling a part of the community and about having right being acknowledged and being treated right appropriately in the environment and the administrative of the school. I pulled me aside and like, I was inappropriate to say, I'm like, why is it inappropriate? Say she got to talking about parking. Why can't I talk about what I'm really passionate about? What I'm running for is the only reason I'm running is to talk about those things. So this all happens. And then I don't get to speak at the second assembly. So there's two assemblies, right? The whole school can fit. Once you have two assemblies, I didn't get to speak to the second one, go ahead violated in the first one, election day comes and everything. I'm not going to win. I won. And when I won the election, it was such a shock. Because again, this girl's incumbent two years in a row, so you're supposed to win all the stuff's going down.
 
When I won, there was such a shock about it. They actually had a revolt because like there's no way this guy wonderful revolt. And what was amazing was the second revolt. I actually got more votes one by a larger margin than the first time. And from that position, I was able to make moves to change policies, to do different things. And what are the things that came up? It was actually kind of fortuitous, right? The first dance of the year. What should our theme be? And I'm in this ASB meeting and they're like, Oh, you know, we should do. I know we should do. And this is again, I'm old guys, this early two-thousands, right? This is Nelly, right? This is that time. They're like, Oh no, we should do. We should do a ghetto hoe down. That'll be a fun dance theme, a ghetto down, you know, we'll get fake chains and we'll get baseball jerseys and big baggy pads with the belt buckles, get some air force ones. And they were like making a mockery like bandanas and headbands. They ain't gonna mock a dude, rags making a mockery, get braids. And they're making a mockery right. Of what they perceive to be a ghetto culture, which was really right. How black people were dressing at that time. Or those were popular. Everybody had it. Everybody had a FUBU Jersey. Right. I know I had a football Jersey at us. Valora sweatsuit. I was ready. Right. But they were mocking this and they were going to dress up like this. Almost like dressing up in what blackface. I also, that was the equivalent. So I was like, no, this is highly inappropriate. And so I put the whole veto to that. Right. But that is the whole example guys of how In an environment that's not easy to do. And I sell a store, not because of what I did, but understanding that that's becoming senior class president. Right. If you were to see it on someone's resume, like I've seen enough. Cause it's not really impressive. But if you look at the distance travel, which is what miss is missed, right? So someone after yesterday's video, someone was like writing a comment that essentially said, well, I thought getting into middle school was easier for black students easier. And what people don't recognize about that data. We talk about matriculation to medical school.
 
That yes, it is absolutely a fact that black students on average have lower MCAT and GPA scores than the rest of the FSTs. That is true. But the issue that people are missing is that their acceptance is not because they're necessarily black, but because of all the things that come along with being black and what they've had to go through to achieve that GPA. And if you are a black man or a black woman, right. Or minority of another ethnicity, and you're coming from this background and at every single level of your education, your facing opposition, you're facing discrimination. You're losing out on opportunities because people see the color of your skin, that every single thing you achieve is that much harder. And if you actually are able to achieve through all the storm of the chaos, is that much more impressive. And it's the distance traveled and the terrain you've traveled. And for certain students getting a 3.3 MCAT score getting a five Oh five M cat score, or sorry, three, three GPA or five, five in cat score getting graduating. It may not seem like much to you guys, but at 3.3, when you've had no tutoring when your teachers have mistreated you when your classmates mistreated you, it made you feel like you don't belong. That's much more impressive than when you have a tutor every day after school and make no mistake about it. In these rich communities, Newport peach, every student has not just a little bit of tutoring. I'm talking about hours and hours of tutoring. I know cause I had a tutoring company where I was touring these kids. And so what you guys have to understand is this is what we're talking about is these little things that imagine in ASB media, it's an official school environment. There's there's teachers in the classroom. The quorum of ASB wants to have a ghetto hoedown. The reason I know Mellie was Nellie was popping at this time is cause I kid you not. I'm just playing it out. I'm letting it play out. I'm watching what's happening so I can smack it down. They literally turned on. You guys remember Midwest slang. This is like for st. Louis st. Louis.
 
This is really old for some of you, young people. I want to have to look it up today. Midwest swing is nailing the st. Louis X and it's on the B side of like one of those Nellie songs. And they turn on Midwest slang, Midwest slag. And they were walking over like Midwest Wayne and we're going catch it. I'll never forget it. It was like a parade Midwest Wang. I was just like, are you guys out of your rocket science minds? Like, come on guys. We've gotta be better than this. And I laid out all the points, but why that was inappropriate and why that would make people feel bad. And what's cool about it. I think it was kind of like a matter of fact was afterward, right? I said there were no elected officials on ASP, but that year there were actually quite a few class representatives who were Hispanic, no black people Hispanic. And they were like, Oh, thank you so much for saying that that was so low. I felt uncomfortable. And it's that uncomfortable feeling, right? At every single little education that creates a problem.
 
And as Carlos pointing out, guys, we have to, as students of color, the message of this week is not that discrimination is instrumental. It's not that racism is insurmountable to beat racism, to be discriminated, to knock down systemic racism or systemic discrimination. What we have to do. And someone sent me a message saying that when I use terms like equality and equity and education, that I'm using terms that are empty and what people are missing the boat on, right? People don't read between the lines. When I say equality, when I say equity, when I say equitable experiences, I'm saying that all students should have the opportunity, the same opportunities, the same support across the board, equity and equality and diversity and inclusion are empty words because no one is actioning that it's like how people talking about, or I'm not racist versus being an anti-racist lot of schools when people say I support diversity and inclusion but aren't doing any actual work to create an environment that is diverse. That is inclusive. That does make people feel like they belong. And what we're talking about in this week is the fact that systemic racism, yes, it's an infrastructural thing, but the most powerful weapon, what's the most powerful thing in the world. Guys. What is the most powerful weapon we all have in our toolbox to be successful? What is our most powerful tool? Our most powerful weapon. If you guys are with me right now, comment, let me know what is our most powerful weapon as people in this world, if we want to be successful, we want to be great. What is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal? Right? And if you guys are with me and you guys know where we're going with this, please take a second. And like the video, let me know I'm on the right path. So I know where we're at. And I'm not like I haven't lost you guys right?
 
In the, in the, in the, in the shuffle. Herschel's where my students say it. Right? Right. Our most powerful tool, our most powerful weapon is our mind. It is absolutely our mind. And what we don't understand, right? What we don't grasp is that racism, discrimination, microaggressions, all these little things. People poking at you. What they're doing is they're getting in your mind and they're making your mind, but is your biggest tool, your biggest weapon. They're turning your mind against yourself. How many of you guys lack confidence in your educational track? How many, you guys lack confidence in your ability and your capability to become a doctor? How many guys doubt yourself on a daily basis?
 
How come you guys are your own worst critic? And every single day you pick it yourself and you pick it yourself and you pick it yourself over and over again and find all the reasons you can't be successful. Think about it guys. Right? Taylor knows, and knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. But how many of you guys are a slave to that negativity? Think about these guys. How many of you guys are in that mindset where you don't believe in yourself? You doubt yourself so hard. And then when you ask yourself, why you're down yourself, why you can't be successful? You say it's just, just me. I don't, I don't have what it takes. As we talked about yesterday, right?
 
People don't know how their professors were telling them. They don't have what it takes. They don't have what it takes. They aren't enough. They aren't sufficient. And what we fail to recognize is the connection between our environment, the people around us, the infrastructure that drills this into our heads, and the conversation we have about ourselves. Every single time someone tells you, you're not a real black person. You're not a real Latina. When they tell you that you don't have what it takes, you don't have the right look. You don't talk the right way. You don't come from the right background, your parents, and go to college. You can't be a doctor when they tell you these things, all of these students of color are internalizing.
 
That guys are internalizing that. And it leads to a point. And we're going to talk about some of these stories this week, too, when they, even if they do get to college and they are premed, where's the big time that pre-meds fall off the curve. Where do pre-meds and students of color they're premed? Where do they fall off the curve? Let's talk about it. Where do they fall off the curve? Natalie? I like to see that right. Being in a negative mindset, but trying to change, trying to get better. And we got to work at it. You got to work at it, but where do pre-meds? Where do minorities in higher education? Where do they fall off? There we go, sir. Excuse had the correct answer. It's the first semester and it's the first year of college, right? We all know what is we just said first semester and freshman year. That's where students of color. That's where minorities fall off. And the question becomes, why do they fall off at that point? Why? Because they go in, as I went into college, feeding into the hype that I don't fit in. I don't know who the other people. I'm not the same as them. I'm not capable. I'm not smart. Like they might have resources like them.
 
I don't have parents who have been here. I don't have it. And then when you hit that first stumble on that first speed bump, what don't you guys have? What? Don't our students of color have they don't have the mental fortitude. They don't have the mental belief, the self confidence to say, Hey, it's just a speed bump. This struggle is part of the process. I am capable of overcoming this. I am capable of getting through this. I can be successful. And so they will do what changed their major. They transfer out, they drop out. They don't come premed anymore. They fall to something else. They can't even overcome the first speed bump. And where does that come from? From being told consistently persistently throughout their journey. They're not a real black person. You're faking it right now that ain't you right? That intelligent person talking all proper. No one words, dressing professionally. It's not, you let your real self out. You're the ghetto hoedown be that person. That's you saying you right now, you fake it. And so we talk about imposter syndrome. Where does that come from? From being told you're an imposter through your whole journey and incidents like this, whether it's telling you you're an imposter or subvertly telling you you're an imposter, does everybody understand what I'm saying? So yeah, My courses, right? I always have a big mindset component where I'm trying to fortify, trying to eradicate the negative feelings. You have the negative emotions, the lack of confidence, the extreme doubt you have. We're trying to take that from a place of doubt, to a place of confidence, and then give you the skills and the tools to be certain.
 
And I know you can execute, but I have to first attack you telling yourself that you're not a great student. You telling yourself that you can't get into medical school. You telling yourself that you are someone who's ghetto. You are someone who's incapable. You are no guys. You are who you choose to be. And what real black means is what you make it. You are the image of blackness. However, that is, and you choose it. But we have to first understand that people and this system, this racism, discrimination that we experienced is going to picket your self esteem. And we have to work to build that and build capability and build young students of color confidence that they are math minded, that they are STEM, capable, that they are future doctors, dentist. That's why I think it's beautiful that people are on social media, people of color who were saying, listen, I come from where you come from. And I am from that neighborhood. And from that street, I know exactly where you're at, but I got you. I made it. You can make it too.
 
Just like me. I think that's beautiful right now. We're trying to reverse that. So we're trying to do, but it's hard when you see someone online, but then when you're in your environment every day, you're there alone, right? You're behind enemy lines and people telling you that you aren't enough. You aren't sufficient. You aren't capable. Does that make sense to everybody? And Carla asks, how can we help other students of color change their mindsets? And again, this is going to be an unpopular opinion. Too many people are following what I call the model because I know the model is I'll ask. This is when we have students. You're a student call. You're a peer counselor. You're a peer tutor and someone's struggling.
 
And you said, Hey, listen, you'll be fine. I can do it. You can do it. And that's what you said, Hey, I got through it. You'll get through it. And we stop right there. See me, be me. See one, be one model, because there's what I'm saying right now. See me be me. Hey, I'm a doctor. I'm an anesthesiologist. You can be an anesthesiologist, a doctor go be it. And we stop. We got to take the extra step. It's called, pointing out. We got to take the time. And I know we're busy. And we talked yesterday. I think it was, Jay was talking about the pressure, right? You're the only minority. You feel the pressure to keep running to be perfect. But sometimes we have to recognize when we are achieving, we are succeeding. It's important that we take time, not just to say, see me Bebe, but to show me, show these students what it took, right? Yeah. I was where you were announced this.
 
Well, what's the gap. How do you change your mindset? How did you have more confidence? And for me, I tell all my students, you guys want to build confidence. It's baby steps. Y'all small successes, small victories. I say every day I set two goals and I'm, I rack up wins every day, learn something new, teach something, learn something new, and teach somebody something. And if I do that every single day, it's a victory. When I was in college, you know, I wanted to do what I want. Turn my academics around small victories. It wasn't getting an, a, it was, Hey, every day that I study, when I'm supposed to study, that's a win.
 
So when I go out and do a seminar and talk to students, so the first thing is that, Hey, consistency, don't try to get great. Don't worry about that. Just get consistent with your study. Simple. Think about that. How many of you guys, if you were just consistent, how often would your grades be? You were studying every week, every day. How much better would you raise me truthfully? So I say, Hey, just get consistent. Make every day a win. It doesn't have to be great. Studying. Doesn't have to lead to an a, can you just study when you're supposed to study? Can you just get consistent? I start there. And then I said, okay, now to get consistent, you're going to do an hour. Follow these steps. When we break down, I teach the five pillars, but Jessica consistent first consistent then skilled consistency, right? Then sustained skilled consistency. That's it. You have to be straight a students, consistency, high skill consistency, sustained high skill consistency. That's it, baby. So that simple. So we have to get past the CME BME and get to the show me where we are providing resources. I'm just having a conversation today with one of the heads you guys know I'm at UCFD. And I was talking to one of the lead educators. Who's a briefing school of medicine, um, and the hospital. And they do a lot of simulation with medical students and they do a lot different things.
 
And they were saying that work with medical students, one of the challenges. And they're like, man, I just don't understand. And this is, this is a student, a person of color, right? And they're, they're not black. Right. But they're a person of color. And they were saying like, man, it really pains me because we get these metals from, to come through. And we do a great job of getting certain students in to our medical school, to our undergrad. But we just got a letter. And so through all this, like if you guys don't know, UCSD had a big protest, it was a big medical protest yesterday. And it was, I'm so proud. And I apologize.
 
I forget her name, the head of SNMA or the head of the black student union. One of the two. I apologize again. Um, but she wrote a beautiful letter to the Dean, to the chancellors, to the counselors, to everyone throughout the medical school, all kinds of levels, writing a letter of the demands and the requests that the black students have to make UCSD a more hospitable environment, a more comfortable environment, welcoming environment, and a more supportive environment for black students. And so this letter was amazingly written. It was all these different things. But one of the things that the student mentioned was resources. And it was funny because this person who's one of these educators was like, yeah, I don't want to read that. I didn't understand what they meant by resources.
 
Like we have a center and we have a lot. I'm like, what good is an empty building without the teaching, without the show me aspect, right? Assigning them a mentor. Who's a physician and students are testing me, right. Texting me right now. Don't text me your messages or your stories right now you can text me before we start. Um, but was requested and didn't understand what that gap was. And I said, well, resources, an empty building, just an empty building. It doesn't facilitate learning unless there's someone there to teach. So if you have people who don't have the study skills, we don't have the test-taking skills. That's why I'm working. Right. I'm doing two presentations in the next month for medical schools, a new one for first-year students who are just starting their journey in the medical school at one of these medical schools. And then I'm also doing a second year class, a different medical school talking about how do you succeed the second year academically? And this is a resource and I'm providing them resources, instructions, and showing them, okay, listen, here's how you succeed.
 
In medical school. Here are the steps that it takes to get a great step one score, to do well in your classes to not be overwhelmed by the fire hose that has medical school. These are the steps. And so when the student was asking for resources for these black students, that's what they're asking for. But this guy was he's educated to understand what that was and that's the gap and that's the separator. So that was a long point. That's what we were talking about, but I was really proud of this letter and the way it was written, um, beautiful, like black woman speaking out, and this, this was phenomenal. See that letter. I was really, really proud of that. So that's what we're talking about, Carlos. So that's how we go from this place.
 
We have to understand, we have to a try to remove, right? And this is where this cultural competency, this is where this training, this is where being anti-racist. They want to say whatever, but whatever it is, advocate, if you're in a group and even though you may not be offended, if someone says something that is racist, that is discriminatory and you know it, and you don't say something, then you're part of the problem because you're allowing right. You're allowing an environment that is not inclusive to persist. So we have to write people, tell we don't need allies. We do need allies. And this movement guys, when people, all colors and backgrounds to stand up and say, racism, discrimination, it's not funny.
 
It's not funny. It's not, it's not appealing. It's not cute. I won't allow it. And I'm going to stand up to it to create an environment where this black student doesn't have to hear that they're not a real black person. They're going to have an ally in me and someone that makes them feel like they belong. So they're getting these students resources and then going beyond just show me BME or sorry.
 
See me be me to show me. Yeah, I'm going to go beyond mentorship too. Everybody still with me. Alright. So we're gonna wrap things up, but we're going to continue to move through this. And I apologize. I didn't get to anybody's story tonight because I got, I got to talk in. Um, but tomorrow we're going to continue our journey and I'm debating whether we should go all the way back to elementary school and I'll break down some elementary school stuff.
 
I got some really good people, sent me some amazing elementary school, uh, stories, uh, systemic racism. So maybe we'll do that tomorrow or we'll either do that. Or do you call it racism? Yes. All right. If you guys enjoyed this video, I appreciate you hanging out with me. Like I said, we're going to be live all week, approximately 5:00 PM. You know, when I got off work, I just got late today. Um, so I'm here now, but we'll be around five. O'clock. Uh, tell a friend we're talking about systemic racism, education, drug incidents. We're doing story. Shelly sharing a participant, share more people's stories tomorrow. I'm at five o'clock.
 
And if you guys are enjoying, this is your first time with me. Some people's first time catching me live, subscribe, turn on live notifications. So you guys can get on here, um, and get at me. And yes, I will be having the guests, but we're going to spread those out. We start with our guests next week, doing one guest a week. I'm going to bring on black physicians, black educators. And we're going to talk about racism and education and medical education in particular, um, over the next six, seven weeks-ish in that range. Yeah. If you want to send stories, guys, get to my website, studenttransformation.com and you can get to my contact page and send me an email - the best way to reach me.
 
Then you guys check out the website, like I said, studenttransformation.com. If you want someone to show you how to get it done, you guys check it out there. Um, that you guys are joining me. I'll see you guys tomorrow. Thanks guys. Later. Today is the day guys. No more excuses, no more complaining you're going to take your future in your own hands. You're going to dominate. You're going to be successful. Get to my website, studenttransformation.com. I challenge you. What are you going to do today to make your life better?
 

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