Stand Against Racism

Summer 2020

Message from your LW Racial Equity Team

The LW Racial Equity Team wanted to take some time to share some resources with all of you for your own personal development during the summer. As educators, it simply does not feel right to stay silent. Conversations and personal learning need to happen and information must be shared. Lives depend on it. We must acknowledge and speak out against all of the atrocities that continue to happen to black and brown people in our country.

It is our immense privilege and paramount obligation to be teachers to our students. We need to be the example for our students and families. Thus we need to be brave and talk about historical and current brutalities of institutional racism that exists in our world. We urge you take some time to dive into the resources we have provided for you all. Make a commitment to read or watch something about how you can help end white supremacy. Diversify your social media accounts by following a person who navigates this world in an oppressed body and be open to listening and learning. Talk to your family and friends about privilege. Call out racism when you see it, even if it is hard or scary. Think about donating to organizations that are making a difference in the fight for equality.

-LW Racial Equity Team

LW Racial Equity Team Mission

The Lake Washington High School Racial Equity team will implement and provide a safe equitable educational environment for racial minority groups to address and eliminate institutional racism to reduce the racial achievement gap and decolonize curriculum to advance racial equity school-wide.

We have multiple focus groups within the team:

  • Safety
  • Discipline
  • Curriculum
  • Grading
  • Differentiation including AP/Sped/ELL
  • Professional Development
  • Student Outreach
  • Parent Outreach
  • District/Community Outreach
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What you can do...

People and Organizations to Follow on Social Media

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Movies to Watch

  • 13th (streaming on Netflix)
  • Do the Right Thing (available to rent online)
  • Dear White People (available through RedBox or to rent online)
  • The Hate You Give (streaming on HBO)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (streaming on Prime Video and Hoopla)
  • Just Mercy (streaming on Prime Video)
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco (streaming on Prime Video)
  • When They See Us (streaming on Netflix)
  • Whose Streets? (streaming on Hulu)

If you have Netflix, check out the Black Lives Matter section

13TH | FULL FEATURE | Netflix

Support Black Businesses

Articles to Read

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Final Thoughts

As educators, it is our responsibility to help our kids feel safe, but it is also our responsibility to have these conversations around race and racism with them. Maybe we can show pictures of peaceful protests, maybe we can build on what they already know about black lives matter, maybe if we haven’t talked to our kids about race, that’s where we can start. If we choose to ignore this completely, then we are just bystanders who are also enabling racism. Silence is compliance. It is being complicit with white supremacy - the system isn’t “broken”, it is working perfectly for those who designed it.
Zianna Oliphant Speech