Letter from the KCK School Board President

Letter from the KCK School Board President

The recent events taking place has impacted nearly every one of us in some way throughout our nation. It is with deep sadness that we have to undergo the lifestyle changes that we all have experienced as a result of COVID-19.

The death of George Floyd has again highlighted the repeated systemic issues of racial injustice and inequality in our country. Historically, we know that racial tension has been apart of our nation for far too long. Floyd was not the first and will not be the last until we collectively come to grips as a nation with our vial history of bigotry and intolerance. The time has come for our leadership to address it, make changes, and move forward to promote equality for all.

As parents, we have to educate our children from the time they are born about adapting to different environments they face at each level of maturity. I am a parent of a Black male. I remember giving him clear and direct instructions on how to behave if and when the police ever stopped him in KCK. Living and adapting to negativity should generate a plan for maintaining the preservation of oneself and achieving success.

The events in Minneapolis, protests throughout the nation and world have forced us to face the severe issues of racism in our country. Floyd’s death has also further fueled the outrage of these constant incidents of police brutality through our cities and communities.

As our society continues to grapple with the current events, our country is slowly evolving. Our students are now part of this change that will hopefully move our nation into a much better place for them as they continue to learn and grow into adulthood.

I encourage our students to strive to be better by absorbing all of life’s experiences as they continue to prepare for the future. I encourage them to remain focused and be part of the positive movement of change around them. I also encourage our parents and the community to support our youth and embrace the importance of education.

As the late Malcolm X once said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Posted June 15, 2020

 

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