Boston, MA – Today, former Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty on all charges in the killing of George Floyd. Latinos for Education issued the following statement on the verdict:
“Black Lives Matter. They must always matter, and while we are pleased to see a guilty verdict in response to George Floyd’s killing, we know there is more work to be done. The fight against racism, injustice, and inequity does not stop in the courtroom. It must happen in our classrooms, our school campuses and, just as importantly, in the halls of congress and state legislatures across the nation.
At Latinos for Education, we seek to confront injustice and racism in all its forms, and recognize the trauma this trial underscored for the Black community. It’s a challenging time for educators and students, too, but we must remain vocal and continue to work to break the systemic barriers to equity and justice that exist in our nation and world.
While there is relief today, we understand it is still difficult to process and discuss the events surrounding George Floyd’s killing. Here are some resources we’ve found to be helpful with healing, support and discussion:
- Education Week: Black Student Voices: Reflecting on Race and Racism in Schools
- Learning for Justice: Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
- The Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists: FamilyCare, CommunityCare and SelfCare Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
- American Psychological Association: Talking to kids about discrimination“