Lucha Contra El Racismo. Black Lives Matter


The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black men and women have left us deeply saddened and angered. These deaths and the subsequent quelling of justified outrage and black voices serve as additional reminders of injustices that plague American society and institutions.

We see these injustices every day in the lack of equitable access to education in Black and Latino communities. The Black community’s struggle, is our struggle. Su lucha es nuestra lucha. At the same time, we acknowledge the existence of racism in our own community.

Latinos for Education is committed to standing in solidarity with our Black and Afro-Latinx familia, advancing difficult conversations about racism in the Latinx community, and pushing for systemic change in education.  Some things we already do:

  • Address colorism in Latino communities in our Fellowships given the diversity of our own community and an unfortunate belief that somehow skin color equates how we value human beings.
  • Require all new partners to our Latino Board Fellowship to engage in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion assessment so they can reflect upon and act on gaps.
  • Include in our programming how to be aware of and decenter White dominant culture in the institutions and boards we may serve on.

As educators and educational advocates, we are obligated to confront institutionalized racism and fight against it in and out of our schools. If like us, you want to better understand the problem and do your part to create change, below are helpful links: 

We are all responsible for fighting racism. As an organization, we commit to: 

  • Continuing to educate ourselves on racism, anti-blackness, and solutions to dismantling systemic oppression. El cambio comienza por uno mismo.
  • Evaluating and increasing our effectiveness in how we’re addressing racism and anti-blackness in our programming with Fellows and with our partners.
  • Ensure we are inclusive of our Afro-Latinx community. Blackness and Latinidad are not mutually exclusive.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative to bridge across cultures and rise as a collectiveWe must change. Con ganas we can.