The recent Forbes piece, “If I Were a Poor Black Kid,” written by self-described middle-class white man, Gene Marks, is inspiring heated responses. As a friend of mine put it, “It’s the current outrage of the internet.” People are discussing it on Facebook, Marks’ image has become a meme, and most importantly, several writers have taken to the web with thoughtfully crafted responses. The controversy not only represents a compelling conversation; it also provides an opportunity for educators who want their students to be curious and think critically.
– Anshu Wahi
Program Associate, Education