We call for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all other black men and women who have died due to systemic racism in America. “We feel the anger, pain, frustration, and confusion of the present moment. Now, more than ever, we must envision and reimagine a system that dismantles the institutional racism inherent in our country.” –June 2nd letter to the CAPS Central community by Ms. Nadia Bennett, Exec. Director
A BETTER TOMORROW.
To Black, Latinx, and others of color in the CAPS community
“We see you, we understand you, and we are living it with you. You are justifiably tired and are doing all of this while trying to figure out how to emerge from this pain with a greater sense of purpose. We get it.”
To White scholars, families, and staff and other allies
“Thank you for standing with us during these unimaginable times. We know your hearts and intentions. It is critical now more than ever that you are not just allies but true abolitionists and co-conspirators (resource). Check on your friends and colleagues of color because they may look like they are okay, but chances are they’re not (article).
To parents, speaking with their children
Yes, it can be done and is important! Consider your child’s developmental maturity, past experiences, current awareness, and emotional place. Ask them what they think. Help them make sense the best you can. Look for ideas from others as well.
The crucial role of Education
“Education that is both rooted in real access and opportunities and free of institutionalized barriers is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary to eradicate and combat deadly ideologies like the racism that murdered George Floyd and countless other black men and women, leading to this current boiling point in our society” (article).
To teachers and staff
The CAPS approach is defined by this framework for culturally responsive teaching put out by ASCD. As explained in this article, a pedagogy based on racial justice can help end systemic oppression and fulfill the promise of education for all.” Moreover, we must all hold ourselves accountable (blogpost) as educators.
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