Response to Injustice

We are outraged and saddened at the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others over the years. This is a brutal reminder of the injustice and danger so many of our African-American brothers, sisters, colleagues, and friends regularly face, from countless acts of everyday bias, social exclusion and overt prejudice, to murder.  

A central principle of Waldorf education is to “foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society.” We aim to support  each student's capacities for courage, honesty, justice and love, so that they bring the best of themselves to serve humanity and improve the world. These capacities are needed more than ever, not only in our students, but in all of us. 

We honor these capacities in our faculty, parents, and alumni—including police officers and civic leaders—working to address injustice and keep our city and citizenry safe as the justified anger is expressed through peaceful protest and civil solidarity which have unfortunately been exploited by some to cause violence and destruction. 

We are grateful for the courage and honesty of our High School humanities teacher, Gil Griffin, for sharing his truth in an Op-ed in the Detroit Free Press. As Mr. Griffin reminds us, the brutal oppression of racism is older than this country.

For many years, the school's MultiCultural Council, Parent Diversity Committee, Faculty Diversity Committees, and other school groups—have been engaged in facilitated conversations and trainings to promote equity, inclusion, and justice. Our work requires urgency.  Even as we know this is an ongoing process, we recognize that this is a moment to move deeper, farther, and faster together. We are committed to facing the pain and inequality, and deepening our work for equity and justice. 

For more information visit: Equity and Inclusion

 

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