The continued systematic violence and oppression against Black Americans is horrifying and traumatic as evidenced in the state-sanctioned and vigilante violence resulting in the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, and Tony McDade. In response, a flood of emotions has gripped our community. Across the country, people are rising up against this violence and disregard for Black lives. These few names represent only the tip of the iceberg of systemic violence embedded in a long history of anti-Blackness and racism in our country.
We at the Colorado State University School of Education affirm the experiences of the Black members of our community and the deep pain of this raw wound of white supremacy. We have struggled to write a statement that adequately acknowledges this pain and that demonstrates that we stand with you and share the burden of this pain with you. We know that for this statement to have meaning, we have to fully commit to use our power and privilege to be change agents in our classrooms, on our campus, and in our community.
This commitment means conscientious work to understand the history of racism and its entrenchment in our social and educational systems, to understand our role in these systems, and to learn how to transform these systems within our classrooms and organizations.
Some resources to guide us in this ongoing work
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
A book by Michelle Alexander
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A book by Angela Y. Davis
The Next American Revolution
A book by Grace Lee Boggs
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
A book by Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds
This Book is Anti-Racist
A book by Tiffany Jewell
We Want To Do More Than Survive
A book by Bettina L. Love
A book by Robin DiAngelo
Books to help America transcend its racist heritage
An article by Ibram X Kendi for The New York Times
The Anti-Racist Reading List: 38 books for those open to changing themselves, and their world
An article by Ibram X Kendi for The Atlantic
*Please urge all libraries to purchase these books and books by Black authors for adults and children, and to make electronic versions available for free.
Resources on anti-racism professional development and education
Community and family resources
Parenting for Liberation
Black women in support of loving and caring for Black children and Children of Color
Videos for our children and parents
Melanin and Mental Health
Suggestions on how to find an Anti-Racism therapist and counseling resources
We invite you to let us know what you need from the School of Education and RISE Center as we grapple with this national trauma. And we welcome suggestions for continuing our collective work in dismantling racism and transforming our institutions and communities as educational leaders.
In Peace and Solidarity,
The School of Education
Colorado State University