[Ed. – So where do they start? With the message that white people are ‘sub-humxn’ and should be exterminated en masse? Or with general principles of Marxism?]
Washington state’s educators face much uncertainty this fall. How will COVID-19 and the recession impact school budgets? Will we be face-to-face with our students or teaching remotely, or both? What if we or our students or family members test positive for the virus? There’s so much we don’t know. But there’s one thing we should be loud and absolutely certain about going into the 2020-2021 school year: Black Lives Matter.
Some educators recoil at this statement, claiming that because they are educators they must remain “politically neutral.” But Black Lives Matter is not a political statement. It is an affirmation of the humanity of our students and communities. Neutrality on matters of justice serves only the oppressors. Neutrality in the pursuit of justice for Black Lives betrays the communities we serve.