I have been searching for the proverbial “silver lining” and I think this is it (for me) – a reinforcement of my core values and beliefs, a re-grounding of my purpose in education.
Our complacency as a multi-cultural nation has been rattled. We have been shown, definitively, justification that much needs to be done to truly become to a nation in which all are are treated with and spoken to/about with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation, age, and ability.
And so, I will continue to be a learner and examine the path that brought us here.
I will continue to be an advocate for equity, equal rights, respect, and compassion for all – for those who willingly came to this country seeking a better life in the past and recently, for those who desire to come here for a better life, for those whose ancestors where brought here unwillingly, and for those ancestors lived here long before that.
I will continue to be a champion for a physically and emotionally safe learning and living environments for all.
I will continue to be a spokesperson for equity of opportunity, access, and resources in and out of our schools.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
– Emma Lazarus, quote on the Statue of Liberty that faces outward from the United States.
(Perhaps we need quote with a similar sentiment facing the direction of our country too.)