- By Mercedes Parham
- Friday, June 05, 2020
District and Board of Education response to recent acts of racial violence
Dear MCSD Community,
The past few months have been nothing short of difficult. Recently, our nation has suffered as wounds from racism and recurring oppression heightened with the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Such acts of racial violence against Black people have taken place throughout our nation’s history too often without justice being rendered. Racism is a pandemic in itself facing us that must be eradicated.
Schools are microcosms of our society. As such, educators have a unique opportunity and responsibility to dispel the prejudice that breeds fear and hatred. We must stand with the Black community against racism in all of its forms. We are with you in this march toward equity and will be a part of the solution to ensure America lives up to its aspiration of being a country that provides liberty and justice for all. As we stand at this crossroad in our country’s history, it is our hope that we will step up to this challenge together. As we aim to move forward, we reflect on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. who eloquently expressed the sentiment I hope we can all consider: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
As an organization, who serves to meet the needs of students from all backgrounds, we reject any divisive actions that continue to marginalize the Black community, especially racial violence. As citizens, we reject any forms of prejudice and bias that support the ills demonstrated against Black people. Our foremost purpose is to ensure our educational efforts inspire and equip all of our students in a setting where they feel safe, known, and valued. Unfortunately, our historical narrative has substituted some for all. This is unacceptable. We have a responsibility to work diligently toward increased inclusion of diverse voices, concerns, and perspectives in support of our mission each day.
In that vein, the District recognizes the opportunity we have to better uphold our values to embrace equity and diversity and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Our students and staff deserve safe spaces to address issues of racial bias and injustice. To that end, we are committed to implementing consistent cultural awareness and competency programming for our students, parents, and staff. We invite you to enter into dialogue with us as we gain further insight to develop meaningful experiences for our community in the fight against racism.
Muscogee County School District and Board of Education