Man this hit home for me. My friend in Texas (Houston ISD) has experienced the exact same thing and it’s so hurtful. She’s even been laid off for almost 2 years. Overqualified and she cost too much. If she was underqualified, there would be another excuse. There is always an excuse to overlook us, America’s favorite past time.
Like you, I love possessing knowledge, but I sure hate I spent so many years and so much money pursing an education when it’s never really going to pay off for me financially. There is a glass celing beneath the regular glass ceiling for us. I feel an essay in my spirit about this (lol).
In any event, White folks are going to gatekeep with impure motives as much as they can. I’m sure it’s easy to prove, but who is going to look to discover it? The checks on gatekeepers are gatekeepers. I’m glad you got out of a school system that didn’t appreciate your skills and gifts.
Now your focus is purely on making children better, and you get your spirit back. Whiteness knows how to suck the wind right out of a White man’s sails. You found a way to get it back. Kudos to you brother.