Dear Englewood Schools Community,
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I am reaching out to our staff and families in regard to the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in Minnesota. This incident is weighing heavily on me as undoubtedly it is weighing heavily on many of us. Tragedies of this nature reach far beyond the specific locality of their occurrence and deeply impact all of us as individuals and across the larger community in countless ways. And, sadly, they serve as stark reminders that we still have much work to do to address systemic racism, inequities and disparities that exist in our country. I appreciate the partnership we have with our families and community and that we can count on working together through the challenges that are before us.
As we see the outcry of grief and anger in our city and many others as our neighbors and families gather to speak out to injustice, I invite each of you to think about what you can personally do to end racism and to make our country a safer place for everyone. In Englewood Schools, we know that our differences only make us stronger and that we can learn from each other’s perspectives. For that reason, I encourage you to stop and really listen to people of color -- our classmates, our neighbors, our friends, and our coworkers. Only then can we begin to seek to understand their lived experiences, and the many ways, day in and day out, they have been impacted by racism.
Moving forward, we must be persistent in thinking about, reading about, and talking about race and racism. Each of us has a role to play in our community, our workplace and our family to bring equity and safety to people of color. For parents looking to begin conversations with their children about race and racism (it’s never too early to start) here is a list of resources to help you.
These are difficult times in our country and for many of us personally. Let’s make sure we are spreading messages of hope and love; that we are taking care of each other and lifting each other up; and that we are calling out injustice and racism as being intolerable.
Wendy Rubin, Ed.D.