Reading Carol Felsenthal's interesting Q and A with JC Brizard in Chicago Magazine today I learned not only that that Brizard's wife, K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, is an educator with an interest in charter schools but also a TFA alum (boo, yay!), a PhD from Columbia in something other than education, and -- I don't know how to break this to you -- seems to be white. I mean pale, Sleeping Beauty white. There's no getting around it.
Of course, neither Brizard nor Felsenthal make any mention of this in the interview, but his wife's mentioned so many times I had to look her up. Education power couples aren't all that common, after all. This is she, according to Facebook.
Now there's absolutely nothing wrong with interracial marriage -- seriously, I don't care -- it's just that it's still not all that common, Chicago is a notoriously segregated kind of town, and not mentioning her race makes me wonder what else they're hiding and reminds me of that politically correct "I don't see skin color" crap Stephen Colbert makes fun of on Comedy Central every night.
For all the stories that have been written about Brizard, you'd think someone would have mentioned it by this point. Then again, no one bothered to reveal or report that Huberman was gay until after he was approved, either out of fear or because we're all so evolved now.
Feel free to respond with curiosity or sanctimony, but don't think this is an invitation to make racist or abusive comments -- I'll ban you in an instant. I just think it's interesting -- perhaps that says as much about me assuming she was black and caring that no one deigned to mention it as it does about anything else. I'm sure you already knew, didn't care, and have already moved on to something better to read.
Speaking of which, there are lots of other interesting tidbits in the interview, including Brizard's imigrant upbringing, his circuitous path to figuring out he wanted to be an educator, how he almost endeded up going to Newark (boo, hiss!), where they live (Lincoln Park, natch), and how Brizard says he enjoys executing someone else's ideas as much as being front and center. And there's a part two, too, which you can read here.