We often like to think of ELT as an open-minded, nice and tolerant profession. But there us unfortunately a much darker side to it.
Native speakerism, which positions those perceived as ‘native speakers’ as superior, is very deeply rooted. And so is racism in ELT, unfortunately; whereby those who are not white or Western-looking will be discriminated against in a variety of ways.
That’s why in this video I wanted to raise your awareness of how widespread and systemic racism is in ELT.
If you want to learn more about racism in ELT, I’d recommend this blog post.
For a more personal account of how racism can affect lives of individual teachers, read this article by Sulaiman Jenkins.
If you’re interested in learning more about tackling native speakerism, read this article about the 4 levels of change we need.