(Episode 15) Critical Race Theory Part 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility.
This episode is with Acacia Croft, a long-time close friend and a highly-educated person who kept Joey on his toes in this episode. They discuss Critical Race Theory, what’s working and what’s not working in our societal approach in education, the plight of black people, the white man narrative, and the downside effects of Robin DiAngelo’s campaign.
“As an educator, I teach students. I don't teach asian students. I don’t teach black students. I teach students. I teach kids to critically think and be the best kid they can be.”
In this Episode:
Critical Race Theory in the zeitgeist
Continued talking points from Dax Devlon-Ross
Educating the public
White man narrative
Polarization of our society
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Media’s continued role in today’s narrative
About Acacia Croft:
Acacia Croft is a veteran educator serving schools and communities for over 15 years in both public and American international schools overseas. She started her career in public service as the executive secretary for State Representative Albert J. Price Sr. in the Austin office assisting the constituency of District 22 in Jefferson County.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin she joined Peace Corp and became a volunteer in Honduras. She extended her service as a Peace Corps volunteer coordinator in Tegucigalpa working closely with the Secretary of Education. During her time in the Peace Corps, she supported local government and facilitated municipal initiatives focusing on civics education, health, community development and social responsibility. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Upon returning from her Peace Corps service she embarked upon a career as a Languages Other Than English (LOTE) middle school teacher in Title 1 schools. She served in various public schools in Texas and was chosen to participate in a teacher exchange program with the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria. She taught in Nigeria for a total of 6 years where she began her Masters in Counseling but fell short by one semester due to the Ebola epidemic. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic she was among the core group of expat teachers to transition the school to a virtual platform. Returning stateside in 2017, she returned to the classroom at the high school level and was then recruited to lead Census outreach and partnerships for k-12 organizations in the greater Houston area.
As senior partnership specialist, Acacia is able to identify, cultivate, develop partnerships and strategic alliances with school districts, campuses, social service agencies, municipalities, businesses and other community stakeholders to conduct Census outreach and education. She coached a team of 8 partnership specialists to educate, initiate and collaborate with community members and leaders. Acacia was responsible for the strategic development of outreach in the EC-12 community during the Census, post onset of Covid 19 pandemic, and post Census. She executed and cultivated both external partnerships with the community as well as internal partnerships with operations and other regions. She coordinated regional summits, collaborated with leadership and HQ initiatives, as well as established innovative tactics in order to embed and corroborate the need for Census awareness and education.