I have to teach my students of color how to be resilient. No, more I have to support the resilience inside them. They endure so much oppression, I am not about to perpetuate it in school. They must learn tools to move beyond their struggles -- however small or strange-- to overcome life's challenges, to create for them the futures they can dream to dream, that their hearts admire.
But when I think of my queer students, resilience is not enough. There needs to be more, perhaps Disidentification and beyond. They need to learn to resist hatred and distraction, but also create out of it, create out of them, something new, something different, something fierce.