Though I understand that talking about racism, police brutality, and injustice is difficult, regardless of the age of our children, we must teach them about the destructive power of hate and fear. We must also teach them about systems of oppression and privilege, and impress upon them the importance of creating a more equitable and inclusive society. They must know that there is never any excuse for taking a life or intentionally using privilege at the expense of another. Naturally, the conversation must be developmentally appropriate, but avoidance will only lead our society to further destruction.
We know that our students will have questions. Some will be confused. Others will be grieving. Still others, outraged. And some, unaware. We will be there to support them, to educate, to engage. However, I strongly urge you to speak with your children. Time and again psychologists remind us that the best person to introduce upsetting topics to children is their parent or guardian.
To support all families in your conversation with your child and as you navigate your own feelings, regardless of your background and heritage, about the recent events, I offer you the following resources:
Throughout this year, I have heard Middle and Upper School students speak up, determined to create a more just world. Their voices give me great hope for our collective future, but our children cannot do this alone. I have faith in our community and the broader Los Angeles community, who have stood together all spring in the face of the pandemic. Let’s continue together now, fighting for justice, fighting for equity.
Sending strength, stamina, courage, and love,