Talking About Race

  • Our students are watching us and they are taking notes on how we are responding. We cannot sit on the sidelines right now. To take a spectator’s seat - that is literally a racist act.” - Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year

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  • The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have sent shockwaves through the nation and issued a renewed call to action against police brutality and the systemic injustices that plague this nation.

    Here in Richmond, our community could not be clearer: We need to see change. We’ve seen this through the protests and rallies led by young people throughout our city. We’ve witnessed the tears and frustrations of mothers and fathers who are scared for their children. Enough is enough. 

    Now is not the time to be on the sidelines. 

    Richmond Public Schools is committed to being an agent of change. We must continue to dismantle systems of inequality, fight against racism and intolerance, and uplift the voices of those who have been silenced for too long. As our community works to find a path forward, we must also take time to listen, grieve with each other, and come together to build a more equitable and just school system, city, and world for our children.

    Below are some resources about having conversations with young people about race, racism, and racialized violence. We’ll continue to add to this page and we invite you to share resources that you have found helpful by sending them to outreach@rvaschools.net

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