June 1, 2020
Dear New Brunswick Public School Community,
It is a very emotional and problematic time in our country right now. My intention was to stay silent
and not speak on this matter because I did not want to come across as being too emotional. That would
cloud the issue we are dealing with; systemic racism in our country. I realized that staying silent,
however, is just as bad as those officers who should have stepped up to save George Floyd’s life.
Moreover, I thought it was important to think about the black and brown children we teach every day.
Do we know what they are thinking? How are we seeing the world through their eyes? How can we
better educate and prepare them for the world they live in? I am not referring to basics as obeying the
law and keeping one’s hands visible at all times. Those are given!
As educators, it is important that we understand the complexity of our reality and that of our students.
It is important to teach our students the history behind their identity, the language behind their culture,
and the geography from where they came. It is important to allow open conversations with the
understanding that black and brown students may experience and interpret issues differently. Do not fix
their thoughts but be empathetic and model how “We the People of the United States of America” can
have different viewpoints and coexist in harmony. If we can do this, then imagine how better prepared
our students will be in helping dismantle systems of oppression and build a better world for tomorrow.
Our actions need to be more profound and go beyond just celebrating diversity in our schools and just
adding equity to our strategic initiatives. In New Brunswick Publics Schools, we will continue the work to
identify our explicit and implicit biases, microaggressions, structures, and practices that contribute to
systemic inequalities that impact our students daily. We are committed to formulating strategies to
challenge beliefs and practices that influence and sustain inequalities within our school system. I have
As we are aware, a diverse group of people are protesting peacefully across this nation, because they are
fed up with the institutional racism that permeates our society. It is saddening and disturbing to witness
the destruction of communities across our country. We cannot condone those who break the law,
commit acts of violence, loot, burn buildings and police cars. In my opinion, we are witnessing issues
beyond politics. These are human rights issues. Specifically:
●Article 1 Right to Equality
●Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
●Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
●Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law
●Article 9 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile
Despite the ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis with over 100,000 lives lost and
over 40 million people unemployed, we were exposed (thanks to the camera) to the grim situations in
Minneapolis, Georgia, and New York, to name a few. The color pictures and newsreel captured during