I was able to see my favorite painting in El Prado in Madrid last summer. It is purity in the face of cowardice.
My students must realize that at some point in your life you must do what is just, even more so in the face of intimidation and defeat. Because without such virtues the meaning of life ceases to exist.
The risks and struggles that I create for them in the class must mirror life's vicious grip. I must play the role of friend and foe. The cowards in the painting give my students 2 strikes. 1 "not knowing the language" and 2 "being Latinos/Latinas". They must discover that true intellectual wisdom will destroy ignorant barriers.