The Elk Grove Unified School District is encouraging students to protest the George Floyd murder, yet parents report they had to do online ceremonies for graduation last week.
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
During this tumultuous past week, in Elk Grove Unified, we continue to stand resolute and in solidarity with our Black students, families, community and staff in peaceful support of ending police violence. District leadership remains committed to its work to stop racism, hate and discrimination and we continue to support implemented programs like restorative justice, opportunity and access and student-centered support.
EGUSD families and staff are invited to participate the following upcoming planned peaceful protests and healing circles with EGUSD leaders:
- A “Justice for George Floyd” protest will be held at the Elk Grove Aquatics Center at 9701 Big Horn Boulevard on Saturday,June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature Stevante Clark as a speaker
- On Tuesday, June 9 at 12 noon, there is a planned protest at Morse Park in Elk Grove
- On Wednesday, June 10th at 10 a.m., there is a March that will begin at Colton Park and end at the Elk Grove City Hall
- Organized by the Sacramento NAACP, the George Floyd Peace March will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Golden One Center
Sacramento City Unified School District isn’t far behind. They’ve been signaling their virtue through emails to teachers, parents and the community. Last week SCUSD sent out an email claiming, “racism is prevalent throughout this country, including in Sacramento.”
Here is their latest “Addressing Racism in the Sac City Unified Community:”
Examining Our Role
“In the case of Sac City Unified, that means looking in the mirror and taking an honest stock of our own role, including implicit and explicit biases, and examples – both past and present – of institutional racism.”
and the May 31 Statement by Superintendent Jorge Aguilar on the murder of George Floyd:
“Our community, and my family, grieves over the killing of George Floyd. Anger, despair, frustration, fear and hopelessness are valid feelings. We are in pain. Racism is part of the current design of our systems, from our schools to our prisons to our neighborhoods. And each of us is responsible for breaking down this injustice against our black community. Today we grieve, protest, demand change – tomorrow we take appropriate and unrelenting action to bring justice. I ask our community, especially our youth, to demonstrate peacefully and to exert energy through civic action — participate, vote, make your voice heard by disrupting inequities each and every day. But the responsibility doesn’t fall on you alone. We need honest and frank conversations, from every level of government and to hold those standing silently to account.”
Parents have every right to be very angry.