Dear Community Members,
I want to reach out to you today with some thoughts about the events of last week in Minneapolis and subsequent protests across the country. Your school district is here to support students and families and provide you with some resources to help with conversations about issues of race in society. As a school community, we are committed to equity and know that we are so deeply enriched by diversity. There is no place for racism in our society and we are committed to working with all for a better world.
It is necessary to acknowledge and understand that systemic oppression and racism is part of our country’s history and exist today. I do think that if more people were equipped to confront racism and discrimination and to have more authentic conversations about race and current events, our world would be in better shape. As a learning community, part of our role is to help people have these conversations.
Below, you will find links to some podcasts, videos and other resources. An expanded list can be found on our Equity web page. We encourage you to check these out and hope you find something there that’s helpful for you in having conversations, as well as answering questions that students may have.
Learning from historical and current events is part of the mission of education. We are all partners in this mission. No one has all the answers. Yet, with conversation and compassion, we know that we can make positive change and contribute to the better future that we all want for our children and our world.
Videos & Other Resources
“How To Be An Antiracist” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
“We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Bettina Love
“White Fragility” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo