Black people in America have faced over 400 years of oppression in this country. As people of African ancestry, known as African Americans, we have suffered in silence long enough. Even though we have made gains, institutional systemic racism still exists. Racism is a learned behavior, it’s taught, and as a school system, we teach. Just like we teach students in the classrooms and in schoolhouses, we must also teach our students in the classroom of life.
We must address the unequal treatment in the justice system, education system, health system and economic system. Combating racism and creating an inclusive environment for black and brown students and students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of their religious faiths or sexual orientation, should be a priority of our school system.
In Minneapolis, MN, the tragic death of African American George Floyd on May 25, 2020, set off protests around the country and globe against police brutality and systematic racism. Many have spoken out against social injustices caused by racism and cultural intolerance.
The Superintendent is directed to review the currently available curriculum-based options that address racism and cultural understanding; establish a student led taskforce that meets monthly to discuss institutional systemic racism in our society; require the taskforce to report to the School Board quarterly; in consultation with MDCPS Office of Academics and Transformation and Division of Student Services develop a proposed, and/or enhance existing, Districtwide antiracism curriculum and make recommendations on July 15, 2020 to the School Board to be incorporated in the 2020-2021 School Year.