If you are like me, you may be feeling both saddened and angered by the recent and very public death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death was preventable. His death also illustrates that racism is deeply ingrained into many aspects of our culture and systems. While this is the story of current headlines, there are also many unreported injustices experienced by African-Americans every day.
It is my hope and prayer that real change will result and will be brought about through peaceful demonstration, civic participation, and engagement. If that is to occur, we each have a role to play in standing up to acts of injustice, both big and small, and engaging in the hard conversations to build greater understanding and acceptance. Even when we don’t know what to say and we don’t have the answers, we must invite our children to talk and ask questions to build better awareness and understanding about the complexities of race and racism. Otherwise, silence can be perceived as complicity.
Folsom Cordova has started the work around equity and building the social-emotional well-being of our students and staff, however, we realize there is more work to be done. I hope you will join us in being a part of the solution by having open conversations with your student about how we can all stand up for what is right.