While these events shine a light on systemic racism and white supremacy, right now we have no idea what tomorrow, next month, or next year will bring. What we do know is education has a big part to play. For us at Team EssayJack, the core of who we are and what we do as an educational company has always been underpinned by equity and diversity concerns. Our platform was created to help people think and write critically about issues in an academically rigorous manner. Learning how to weigh arguments, write intelligently about issues, and engage politically with ideas that matter is crucial to what we do. And we feel this is more important than ever in today's world and at this point in time.
In that vein, we want to first, state clearly and unequivocally that our company is committed to eliminating racism. Our team, advisers, investors, and cofounders are a diverse team. Our policies and decision-making is collaborative. Our work environment is respectful and flexible. We have people from various parts of the world and religions as part of our team and always have. Having said that, we also recognise that we can always do better, and we strive to do better.
We can also offer our clients, partners, and customers some trusted resources for teaching, learning, and talking about racism with others. Racism is a touchy subject. Some people tend to feel embarrassed or defensive when confronted with the ways in which BIPOC lived experiences are tinged by colonial and white supremacist structures. Others can feel hurt when their lived experiences are ignored or belittled. More importantly, when we focus on race, we build walls between each other that can make it hard to connect.
Connection through the written word is our mandate. In line with this, here are some ways and resources to use to educate ourselves and people around us to think, write, and teach deeply about the issues confronting us today:
We suggest that if you are looking for ways of getting involved that you first read and then choose your actions based on what you learn. Think critically, write critically, and act critically. In the words of our CEO, Dr Lindy:
"It’s important that when this trend, this fad passes, we continue to do the hard work day in, day out to listen, to learn, to be present, and to be better in our united fight against white supremacy in all its ugliness: hooded, systemic, and insidious."
EssayJack is an interactive web platform with a patented solution that pre-structures student essays, reduces writing anxiety, and allows educator customization and feedback. Ranked as one of the top English Language teaching digital innovations in the world by the British Council and Cambridge English, EssayJack was created by award-winning educators and can be customized for almost any writing task.