A “political” stance

October 3, 2016

Dear Friends,

We just got more Black Lives Matter signs today.  The one we had went missing over the summer.  A group of willing students helped decide where the new ones would be placed.  They were purposeful and proud of their work.

It can be challenging for some folks to see a school, even a progressive one, take what might be seen as a “political” stance. However, many churches, synagogues, and community centers are choosing to be vocal, visible supporters and allies of the Black Lives Matter movement, because that’s what’s necessary: taking a powerful, noisy stand, because a signs-over-your-head-on-your-lawn-in-the-streets stand is what’s going to help us end a terrible cycle of violence and hatred.

One of the main reasons I’m at the Center School is that I believe the solution to systemic racism (and oppression in all its forms) begins with teaching kids what an important role they have in making the world a better place.  Furthermore, the privilege of going to an independent school comes with responsibility and accountability.

If you are struggling to make sense of the Black Lives Matter message it could help to do some more research.

From The New York Times :

Judith Butler, a professor in the department of comparative literature and the program of critical theory at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an 2015 interview  that “if we jump too quickly to the universal formulation, ‘all lives matter,’ then we miss the fact that black people have not yet been included in the idea of ‘all lives.'”

This is such an important concept, and a painful thing to really own and absorb.  I appreciate that I work in a community where we can face this truth head-on, not with buried heads in the sand.   Thank you for being my community.

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In despair/with hope, Charlie Spencer

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