KASB statement on death of George Floyd: Let’s come together to listen, learn, and act to eliminate systemic racism

As individuals, communities, and a nation, we have been deeply affected by recent tragedies, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which are grim reminders of the social and racial injustice that continues to exist in our world.

Kansas schools have been enriched by the growing diversity of our state.  As education leaders and citizens in our communities and state, we have a responsibility to increase our own social awareness and amplify previously underrepresented voices and perspectives.

Dr. King said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

As education leaders, we must not be silent. Our students, especially our students living these injustices, need to hear our voices, more importantly we must listen to the voices that have not been heard.  Let’s come together to listen, learn, and act to eliminate systemic racism.

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