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And So I Decided to Become a Teacher
on January 26, 2017
This is the diary of a Black man after World War II. College educated, from a well-mannered, professional family, Ricardo Braithwaite is from British Guiana. He is in London after serving in the RAF and can't find a job. No one wants to hire a Black engineer. So he takes a job at a rough East End school. At first the students and parents treat him with open racially motivated disdain, but he doesn't take the bait. Instead he behaves with dignity and, to their surprise, treats those who are cruel with the dignity and respect they have never experienced. He is an anomaly to them...a well-spoken Black man who behaves like an absolute gentleman in all situations. He addresses the female students as "Miss". He discusses the real life challenges that these students will face when the graduate. He is unlike any teacher they have ever known.