Young People Marching

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

Yesterday, I witnessed 1,000 young people marching in a peaceful
anti-racism protest.  

They were chanting,
"No Justice, No Peace!"
"No Justice, No Peace!"

"Say Her Name!"
"Breonna Taylor!"
"Say Her Name!"
"Breonna Taylor!"

"Say His Name!"
"George Floyd!" 
"Say His Name!" 
"George Floyd!"

"Black Lives Matter!"
"Black Lives Matter!"

They were loud, steadfast, and strong. 

They walked with certainty, boldness, and intention.

I know, as a collective whole, we have a long way to go, but I felt hopeful.

Hopeful that equality and liberation will finally be something we can count on.

Hopeful for meaningful change.

After the protest, I talked with a couple of the high schoolers and they told me what they learned...

That they can't sit back and not say anything when someone makes a racial slur. To say something.

To call people out in real life, not just posting hashtags online.

How important it is to examine systemic white apathy and privilege. 

To understand our own biases. 

As educators, one of our biggest and most important responsibilities is to lean into the discomfort, do the work on ourselves, and to not only model what it looks like to be anti-racist, but to learn from the youth that are paving the way. 

March on!

Photo via Vox.com

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