White Spanish Teacher Cancels Herself for Being White (Dreamstime)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Saturday, 05 June 2021 02:24 PM
Speaking via Zoom during a virtual event for women and diversity studies, Jessica Bridges, a white Spanish teacher, said she would stop teaching the language because it was not suitable for a white woman to teach Spanish.
Though the Spanish speaker hails from Europe, Bridges came to her revelation after encountering a course she found on Instagram for how to be a better "white ally" and "anti-racist co-conspirator."
"White isn't right," she said during the Southern Connecticut State University's Virtual Women's and Gender Studies Conference conducted over Zoom.
According to The Post Millennial, Bridges chastised herself for teaching children to "learn Spanish from a white woman. I wish I could go back and tell my students not to learn power or correctness from this white woman," she said. "I would tell them to stand in their own power. White isn't right."
In a Twitter post, a video of Bridges can be seen, touting her interpretation of a master class that purportedly taught Karl Marx's philosophies. Part of Bridges revelation she derived from the course was she "was a colonizer."
"We're deconstructing our emotions around acknowledging our whiteness and white privilege through the lens of grief and the process of grief," Bridges said of the course she took.
"We talked about mourning our white morality. I'm holding myself accountable to this journey. Part of my accountability is to continue to struggle and grapple with my internalized white supremacy. Dismantling white supremacy in society looks like dismantling in my heart, first. It means I'm not going to teach Spanish. Accountability is ongoing because there is not end to the process."
Bridges, is reportedly a Ph.D. candidate in the college of arts and sciences at Oklahoma State University, but it is currently unknown if she still attends.