A Note from Aline

Reeling, grieving, and wondering for the future
 
Our school mission compels us “to embrace and challenge the world with compassion, resilience and courage.”  

The pandemic has the world reeling, grieving, and wondering and worrying for the future. We talk about the world being changed forever -- pre-COVID and post-COVID. 

Events in the United States this past week show that if you are black, very little has changed. “Reeling, grieving, and wondering and worrying for the future” are all status quo for blacks in this country, only made worse by the pandemic. [The rate of hospitalization for the virus among blacks is nearly three times the rate  for whites, together with the higher rate of deaths from the virus in black communities; both point to unequal access to good health care in this country. You can read about this from CNN here and the New York Times here.]  

As though those realities are not enough, the terror and racism imposed on blacks pre-COVID and post-COVID persist and prevail, despite claims of “we are in this together.” The death of a black man George Floyd at the knee of a white police officer; a white woman confidently calling the cops to say “an African-American man is threatening my life” when the man was asking her to follow the rules of the park and leash her dog -- these are just the incidents that got play this week.

We are horrified, and yet we are complicit if we are not actively working to change the status quo of racism against blacks in this country. When we work toward change, when we commit to understanding the profound injustices in the United States, we learn that, yes, it is about race. It has always been about race. 

Our school mission compels us “to embrace and challenge the world with compassion, resilience and courage.” 

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For those interested, register for this free webinar with white anti-racist Jennifer Harvey by going to https://www.embracerace.org/community/upcoming-webinar
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