All I’m asking is, what are you going to do about this? I’m not asking what kind of photo you’re gonna post of your kids protesting, I’m asking what are you going to do for people who don’t look exactly like you.
Webster Groves Voices
I’m a big advocate of kids knowing and understanding that they need someone who looks like them. Not necessarily to teach them, but they need someone who they can identify with, that they have the eye contact that we do as black people to say, “I’m here. I get it.”
I was quite a shy high schooler and tried to keep to myself. I now have a stronger voice in saying, “You know what?, Some of those experiences I had were not okay.”
We have anti-racism, anti-bias like a board resolution. We have policies that prohibit racism and discrimination, but we don’t have anything that addresses it more broadly and also more specifically. We’ve been working with staff, students, board members and administrators this summer to create a policy that will express commitment.