then please Consider what I have to say>>>
Do you know what the lyrics are saying?
Oye como va, mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar, m*lata
(Listen to my rhythm
Good for fun m*lata)
The Merrimm-Webster defines:
mu·lat·ta | \ məˈlatə, myəˈ-, myüˈ-, -atə \
plural -sDefinition of mulatta
: a mulatto woman or girl : MULATTRESS
Definition of mulatto
1usually offensive: the first-generation offspring of a Black person and a white person
2usually offensive: a person of mixed white and Black ancestryFirst Known Use of mulatto1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for mulattoSpanish mulato, from mulo mule, from Latin mulus
As a mixed person, who is of Black and white ancestry, I was shocked and then hurt, to know this song that I loved by Santana, was calling me less than human, likening me and my mixed identify to that of a mule.
I literally taught this song to my students last year, and felt immediate shame knowing I continued to normalize the dehumanization of Black bodies through this awful term in
So here I am, to say I am NOT anything less because of my mixed identity, Mixed people are people and deserve to be treated as such.
Join me in finding a different song that shows off Santana's Talent. I can NOT tell you how to be antiracist, in your teaching practice. Perhaps i can suggest you find AnOther Santana song. I encourage you to find a Santana song that honors him without degradIng mixed people.
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What are some suggestions you might have?
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It's a new school year and as music teachers we know the great task of learning and remembering names.
Many children struggle with correcting adults/peers on how to say their names. We know there is much importance in learning students names correctly and some of the pro's for taking the time to learn your students name include:
One of my favorite lessons is to use a chant I learned from a mentor teacher of mine who attributes this name chant to Avon Gillespie. See chant in image below:
My objectives for this lesson are:
I use the chant as an "A section" and use students names as the "B section". I have the student phonetically say their name and the class echos. The B might sound like this:
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Student leader
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Students echo
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" - Student leader
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" -Students echo
"Eh-muh-lee" - Student leader
***As an extension I like to pair the chant with books and let the books be the "B Section". I have used the following books for multiple grade levels. Click on book image below to learn more about the text itself.
Who was Avon Gillespie?
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