From Our Headmaster: York Prep's Stance on the Recent Events & A List of Anti-Racism Resources

Dear York Prep Community,
 
We have all watched the events of the last few days with great sadness. The murder of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department underscores the reality that racism is here in our society, and that we must be vigilant in standing up against it and condemning it. We cannot repeat enough the value of a just society where all Americans are treated equally.
York was founded on the idea of inclusion. Pedagogically, that affects the way we approach our students’ learning and the methods we use to teach them. We will continue to be proactive in addressing racism and provide our students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to grapple with the complex issues of oppression and identity. We are a community that values equity, and we are committed to partnering with families to continue this important work both in and out of school.

As Head of your children’s school, I can ensure that we will continue to discuss with our students the scourge of racism, express our sadness at its persistence, and stand in solidarity with those most deeply affected in our community. Again, I wish we were at school to hold a full community meeting to provide support and a space to process. Ms. Aiello and Ms. Rowe-Cosentino continue to be available to support students who are struggling right now, and our social justice club will continue to meet this week. They have also put together a list of resources that I have included to support us all as we navigate these difficult conversations.

I express to you my horror at the events, our profound sadness that a fellow American should be brutally murdered by police officers, and our determination that York will always fight racism.
 
Sincerely,
Ronald P. Stewart
Headmaster
York Prep
 
 
Anti-Racism Resources
Get Involved: · White Accomplices - Practical ways to take action · 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice - from Medium · Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - National network of groups & individuals working towards racial justice · Anti-Racism Project - NY-based organization offering workshops, & professional development · Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life - from Teen Vogue
Social Media Accounts to Follow: · Antiracism Center: Twitter · Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook · United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Recommended Viewing & Listening: Film & Television: · 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix · American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix · I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — rent · King In The Wilderness — HBO · The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — rent · When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix · Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix · Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — rent
Recommended Reading Books: · How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi · Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You by Jason Reynolds · Redefining Realness by Janet Mock · So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo · The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander · Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum
 
 
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