While the jury delivered justice in its decision to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of George Floyd’s murder, that verdict alone won’t resolve decades of systemic racism in our nation. It is a critical step, however, in changing policies, programs, and practices that deny human rights, dignity, opportunities, and equality based on race, ethnicity, or immigration status.
We must all join together and support efforts to achieve racial equity through proactive, preventative measures, especially in our schools, so that every child has access to equitable, high-quality education.
CEA and its members have a deep, long-standing commitment to human rights, social justice, and equity and are committed to eradicating the institutional racism that strips so many students of opportunities. Educators know a better future is possible for every one of us, and we must all come together to achieve racial and social justice in our country.