Over the past few months, we’ve been processing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in our school, the NYC community, the country, and the world. Today, we reach out to you about something else; the recent heartache that has shed light on the long standing inequalities in our country. We are hurting over the senseless and horrific deaths of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, not to mention the countless others that preceded, which have brought confusion, anger, and sadness to us all. At times, it can feel like it’s too much to process.
As a school, we ground our work in the YCS core values: kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility. This is a time for us to recognize our responsibility to stand-up and speak out against inequity, racism and violence when we see it . It’s our goal to raise children to be self-aware, racially conscious students who feel empowered to use their own voices to dismantle systems of racism and work towards a more equitable world.
How can we move forward as a community? At a time when families are struggling with the pressures of quarantine, it’s easy to feel powerless and frustrated. Please know that our school community is here to support our families. We will continue to push ourselves and our spheres of influence to model for our students what it means to be agents of change. We will not give up hope.
Your YCS Community
Here are some suggested resources:
‘Raising White Kids’ Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race
Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests, by Laura Markham.
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup