I am encouraged by the millions of Americans who have been standing in solidarity with Black people as they march/protest for the eradication of hate. Hate and its effects - racism-- are observed and learned behaviors.
It's not enough to post positive messages on your social media feeds, it’s not enough to attend a march for a day, it’s not enough to feel outraged after reading racist and violence inducing tweets by our President.
Policy changes in the 1890s, 1950s and 60s didn't eradicate hate nor its effects. We still have housing discrimination such that White and BIPOC live in mostly segregated communities from each other. We still have education discrimination such that White and BICOC attend segregated schools that are funded to exacerbate the differences between the haves and have nots. We still have corporations/workplaces/career fields where White and BIPOC work segregated from each other.
Policies alone won't change hearts, minds and souls. Racism is in the air, hearts and minds of many Americans.
HCG has always been and will continue to be a champion for civil rights in education.
We will continue to demand for hiring and retaining teachers, leaders and staff who are highly skilled, diverse and not racists.
We will continue to demand for colleges of education to provide culturally responsive teacher prep and leadership prep programs.
We will continue to demand that if school boards must exist that they be comprised of members of the community committed to eradicating racism.
We will continue to demand that schools engage in multicultural education.
We will continue to demand that schools stop policing the lives of BICOC.
Doing what we've always done will give us the same results. We are at a presuppose where something new must take hold. Rather than expecting Black Americans to champion and bear the burden of eradicating racism. Racism can only be eradicated by the people who cling to it like a baby to its bottle.