That was Sharon Vestal’s question after reading Part One of Vilson’s book.
While I don’t disagree with Vilson that students of diverse backgrounds need teachers with similar backgrounds as role models, it is more than the color of your skin. I suspect that Vilson’s students are more willing to talk to him because they can tell that he truly cares about them, he believes in them, and he has empathy for them. Not all of Vilson’s role models resembled him—some were white, but they ALL believed in him.
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