Windows & Mirrors
Have you ever heard the term “windows & mirrors?”
I remember learning about it at an anti-racism event a couple years ago. We were discussing Sesame Street and the role it played in shaping parts of our racial identities/awareness.
Sesame Street was a groundbreaking show for a number of reasons, one of which being the mirrors it held up and the windows it opened.
For viewers of color, the show served as a “mirror;” an opportunity to see their own identities & experiences reflected on TV– this was a major milestone for media representation in the 1960s.
For many suburban white viewers, the show served as a “window” to see– perhaps for the first time– a positive portrayal of an urban setting and a racially diverse array of actors.
Windows and mirrors contribute to a strong sense of identity, an appreciation for diversity, and a deeper level of empathy & understanding.
This concept of windows and mirrors came to mind last month as we witnessed history and celebrated a step toward equal representation thanks to the inauguration of the 1st Black + South Asian + Woman Vice President.
It stays on my mind now as we enter Black History Month– a prime opportunity to create more windows & mirrors in the classroom.
Use this free checklist to see what Windows & Mirrors you’ve already included in your learning environment, and where you may have opportunities to include new ones.