We have watched with horror, despair, and outrage as recent events in Georgia and Minneapolis have once again revealed injustices against people of color across our nation. The killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville remind us again of the pervasive disparities that persist in the treatment and experiences of citizens in this country based upon the color of one’s skin. These tragic incidents punctuate the inequities that we see in the infection, treatment and mortality rates for people of color as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic. These disparities exist in the richest country in the world, yet these kinds of outcomes are a daily reality for far too many in our communities.
As leaders of the Dedham Public Schools, we denounce these deplorable actions. We embrace our families of color and remain committed to honoring and protecting the rights and dignity of all members of our school community. The collective diversity of Dedham is one of our greatest assets. We ask that all members of the community stand with us in appreciating and affirming our commitment to the ethical and moral treatment of all people.
Submitted: Dec 23, 2020