June 3, 2020
Dear St. Andrew's Community,
I'm sure that many of you, like us, have been watching in horror the latest stories of racist violence, including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the threats and harassment by Amy Cooper. While the racist power structures in America are omnipresent, it does feel like things are particularly bad (or at least exposed) right now, especially for BIPOC (Black or Indigenous People of Color).
The isolation of the COVID situation can make us feel powerless to take action, but we urge you to lean into your discomfort and take time to reflect on your own role in perpetuating racist structures because there is no one who can exist in this country and keep the shadow of racism from darkening their heart.
But there is good news!
There are a ton of smart and wise people who have been doing work to empower everyone
to fight racism in America, and we wanted to share this document of resources
that offer opportunities for reflection and action. As we all prepare for the next uncertain year, we hope we can utilize these and other resources to enrich our affinity group spaces, identity blocks, the re-emergence of pod squad (you read that right, Bri Berkowitz and Carla Childs are set to offer a discussion group for tackling white supremacy) and other venues to bring light to our students, our community, and ourselves. As parents and educators, we in particular are blessed with opportunities to help shape the hearts of the next generation, and we rejoice in that.
And last, please watch 12-year-old Keedron Bryant
sing about life as a young black man, I've cried listening to his beautiful words, voice, and face.
We also want you all to know that we are available this summer for discussions about how we can foster diversity, equity, and inclusion at St. Andrew's - please don't hesitate to reach out.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Team