We at KIPP NYC pause to honor the Black lives we have lost to racial violence, recognizing the trauma of this moment in American history and the toll it is taking on us and our community. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery are but the most recent, tragically high-profile, instances. Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Amadou Diallo, and our own KIPP Tulsa parent Terence Crutcher… the list of lives lost to state-sanctioned racial violence is as long and as old as this country.
As we look to the streets of our cities, we see that this moment has its roots in 400 years of systematic oppression of black bodies. It is also fueled by a health pandemic that is disproportionately killing black and brown people, a pattern of police violence that is continuing to kill black men and women, and an economic crisis that is taking food and rent money from families.
We are grateful to our faculty and staff who are working in partnership with students and families through this moment in history. We will increase and expand our understanding of systemic racism and oppression. We will examine our organizational practices, as well as dismantle practices that serve to perpetuate racial inequity. We support everyone in our communities partaking in peaceful protest. We encourage volunteering time and resources in support of social justice. Finally, we are deeply committed to becoming an anti-racist organization that will show society how to build a better tomorrow.
Alicia Johnson, President
Jim Manly, Superintendent