Today, the verdict for the murder of George Floyd was released. It is important to keep these points in mind:
- George Floyd was wrongfully murdered; this was a racial hate crime;
- Anti-Blackness is a struggle for all people, and we must all begin to dismantle anti-Blackness if we are going to be anti-racist;
- Check-in on the mental health of your Black students and Black Staff; this is not a celebration in any way. The Black community is mourning;
- Take the time to listen to your students and staff; this is not an intellectual discussion. It is a human-to-human connection.
Until every Black person feels safe, supported, and valued, we are not an anti-racist organization. There’s work that needs to be done to fight for justice and racial equality.
We are calling on White people and non-Black people of color to continue to fight or begin to fight with us and acknowledge the humanity of Black people.
There is no going back; we must live daily to fight anti-Blackness. The members of our Black community deserve it.
District 219 Cabinet:
Dr. Sandra Arreguín
Dr. Antwan Babakhani
Dr. Jim Edwards
Dr. Karen Ritter
Dr. La Wanna Wells