I wrote “That Was Then” after studying the Bubonic Plague also known as the Black Death in my history class at Oracle Charter high school. This virus wiped out almost 50% of the population worldwide. Once you contracted the virus you would probably have a week or less to live, and there were painful symptoms.
Stereotyping is not an isolated incident. Our students face this reality often. Many in our community, and the area at large, perceive that our young men and women can’t succeed in school because of the dysfunction of urban school districts.