Responding to the Violence in Charlottesville

KIPP CEO Richard Barth’s email to the KIPP Team and Family addressing the violence in Charlottesville:

“Not everything that is faced will be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” – James Baldwin

Good morning, Team and Family,

The vile, racist acts that unfolded in Charlottesville this weekend are yet another reminder to our entire country that we have so much work ahead of us. For any American who still somehow wants to believe we have evolved to a world where race does not matter, this is one more event that shatters that myth.

I want you to know that our KIPP Through College teams across the weekend have been reaching out to our KIPPsters who attend or will be attending UVA. We will be engaging the KIPP Through College community in the coming days.

I know many of you may be looking for resources to use in your classrooms. Please feel free to go here on KIPP Share, where we have a collection of resources to support instruction that helps students understand and leverage their own power for social change.

As citizens, there is always work for us to do. Dr. Derrick Gay, who has worked with our team at the KIPP Foundation, shared a link to this resource with me over the weekend: Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. I encourage everyone to take the time to read this. Personally, I’m focused on #6: Speak Up. As you head to your schools and meet with your teams, consider ways you can support one another in fighting hate. And promoting love.

A final quote for reflection morning:

“I must encourage the freedom fighters who follow that any approach which fails to address white supremacy and its counterpart, the imputation of Black inferiority, will force you to walk in circles… Unless you want to wind up where you came in, seek strong confrontation to white supremacy at every opportunity and keep the glare on it.” -Barbara Sizemore

Let’s be there for our KIPPsters today and every day.

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