Add to these the fact that I teach in the bible belt deep south (grammar nerds, I'm no longer dignifying either with capital letters), drive by several confederate flags on the way to school, and where I have to watch every. single. word. that. comes. out. of. my. mouth. or risk an infuriating, soul-killing conversation with a board of education administrator or risk my livelihood.
But, guess what people. I'm tired of being afraid. I'm no longer going to allow fear to silence me in my life or in my classroom, and if that costs me my job, then so be it.