RPS Direct Update - January 7 (PM), 2021
Dear #RPSStrong Family, As many others have noted over the past 24 hours, one of the most striking aspects of yesterday's events was how law enforcement responded to the overwhelmingly white insurrectionists, as compared to how they responded to BLM protestors of color in Lafayette Park in DC this past summer. Yesterday, mostly white men seized and vandalized the United States Capitol – and were then allowed to simply walk away. Last summer, peaceful, mostly Black protestors, who had gathered a block away from the White House to make their voices heard, were gassed and forcibly removed with military tactics, including the use of a US Army helicopter. I shudder at the thought of what would have transpired if the individuals who attacked the United States Congress were Black. As educators and parents, we need to talk about this with our children.