The National Coalition for Public School Options stands with the African American community. We watched in horror as George Floyd—a father, son, brother and friend—lost his life at the hands of those who swear an oath to protect it.
Sadly, Mr. Floyd wasn’t the first unarmed Black American to lose his life to racism and systemic injustice. But, he can be the last.
Empty words of support and black screens on social media simply aren’t enough. It’s up to all of us to take action to ensure a more equal and just society. This is why we fight to ensure our children have access to great public school options, knowing that a great education is one solution towards fighting systemic racism.
Here’s a few things we must do as parents and advocates:
- Learn about the history of the struggle for racial equality, and get educated on the systems of oppression that continue to exist today.
- Talk with our children about racism and other forms of discrimination. It’s never too early to teach children to stand up for others.
- Pay attention and recognize where prejudice, discrimination and oppression exist within your own community.
- Advocate for policies that protect and promote equality, and provide great opportunities for marginalized communities. As education advocates this means promoting policies that increase equitable access to an excellent education for children of color.