Racism and Hate Have No Place in FCPS
I reach out to you today to acknowledge the hurt, anger and pain that exists among FCPS staff, that exists among our FCPS family, that exists in our FCPS community and in our country. Racism and hate have no place in FCPS. FCPS is a place where we strive for love, inclusiveness, and compassion for all while providing hope for the future. Yet, I know there are still many situations and instances of racism, hate, and oppression across our country, particularly for Black people. This cannot be ignored. To our Black and African American students and staff, I want you to know that we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.
You may be struggling right now and your students may be as well. If you need someone to speak with, I urge you to speak with your colleagues, your supervisors, or engage with our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Our Equity and Cultural Responsiveness team stands ready to collaborate with you, and I am here to listen as well.
You may have feelings of hopelessness right now, however we can take action. We know that our work as educators is one action that can change the future by teaching about systemic injustice and learning about the value of diversity in all forms. We will share additional resources with you this week to support you in this important dialogue, as you process thoughts and feelings with the adults and especially the children around you.
During this time, we cannot sit silently. We must lean into each other and into the community we’ve built to create places and spaces where all are welcome and seen. We must speak for the voiceless and for those whose voices go unheard. We must be relentless in our pursuit to learn about, understand, and embrace each other’s differences so that we can create a better future for us all. I ask you to take a moment these final two weeks of school and reach out to your students, your parents, and your colleagues with words of care, compassion, and healing with the firm knowledge that FCPS can and will lead the way. I wish you strength and peace. Thank you for your efforts.
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
For additional resources, please consider the following:
- Teaching Tolerance - Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
- Embrace Race - 10 Tips for Teaching & Talking to Kids about Race
- National Museum of African American History - Talking About Race: Resources for Parents
As a community, we are here and we stand together. We see you. We hear you. You belong here.