The murder of George Floyd is just the most recent incident in a very long history of violence and injustice fueled by racism. 

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor. We speak your names.

I find it incomprehensible that in the year 2020, we are still living in a country where the unlawful killing of Black people, at the hands of the police, is commonplace. Throughout the United States, people are expressing their outrage to the systematic racism that is the root cause of these senseless acts of violence — and rightfully so. 

As the organization that represents Connecticut’s public charter schools, which serve a majority population of black and brown children, we echo the feelings of anger, frustration, and pain felt by millions of Americans today.

I, and the entire Connecticut Charter Schools Association team, stand with the peaceful protesters that are demanding equity and justice. We wholeheartedly reject, denounce, and confront the racism and indifference inflicted on people of color. 

It is not enough to not be racist, we must be anti-racist by taking an affirmative stance in its opposition.

Connecticut Charter Schools Association pledge our commitment to standing in solidarity and support with our schools, students, families, and community. We not only stand against racial injustices but we proudly march in the direction of equality.