|GSCS Statement on Black Lives Matter|
In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd and the many historical and present-day acts of violence against Black men and women, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of Black Lives Matter and all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those tragedies...'
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In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd and the many historical and present-day acts of violence against Black men and women, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of Black Lives Matter and all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those tragedies. As an organization with membership comprised of both superintendents and school board members, we have a special role to play in the battle for social justice, equity of opportunity and reaffirmation of the dignity of all people—especially those who have been marginalized and brutalized on the basis of race. That role includes supporting teaching the lessons of history, especially lessons pertaining to groups that have been left out of America’s story in the past. It also includes reinforcing all the themes that we have traditionally grouped under the heading of “character education”, including tolerance, kindness, empathy, respect for differences, and constructive resolution of conflict.
As protests continue to take place across the country, administrators and school board members in our districts and all districts are working together to find age-appropriate ways of discussing them with our students. We believe that these steps are the first of many in the right direction.
The Floyd murder has brought us face to face, once again, with the reality that not all Americans respect the sanctity of every American’s life. The COVID-19 crisis has brought us face to face with the reality that many of our children have been denied the equity of opportunity that makes it possible for them to succeed in school and beyond. We stand with the individuals and groups dedicated to increasing equity of opportunity for every child, as well as those confronting and combating institutional and societal racism. As representatives of many districts with significant populations of minority students we will continue to make both part of our core mission. We will move forward, mindful of the observation made by Frederick Douglass over one hundred years ago: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”