A Message to the Lakota Community

A Message to the Lakota Community
Posted on 06/04/2020
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To Our "WE are Lakota" Community: Lakota logo

 

Our students, staff, families and community, as a whole, are rightfully and justly upset by the horrific death of Mr. George Floyd - and the national outcry that’s ensued since his murder. To take a united stand against future injustices, that same reaction and level of emotion needs to be felt and experienced by each and every one of us. 

 

Historically, some members of our community, specifically people of color, have been directly impacted by racial injustice. Unfortunately, this is not just a thing of the past. It continues today. It’s not always broadcast as a recorded murder on a Minneapolis street either. Unfortunately, it happens through the attitudes, decisions and actions of people every single day in America. 

 

“The murder of Mr. Floyd should never be forgotten.” Too often that’s a typical comment made after events like this occur. Racism takes many forms. It’s not just what gets filmed and posted on public platforms. It’s the conversations we have with others and often with ourselves. It’s the preconceptions we carry with us without always noticing them. 

 

This type of tragedy will undoubtedly be repeated unless we truly insist upon racial equity and unless we call out racism in all of its hateful forms - on our streets, in our schools and in our own homes. I hope that this is something the entire Lakota community - our students, staff and community - can commit to taking on with me as we continue striving to be a model for what’s right. 

 

We have not come to this crisis in America over just the last several days. We are not going to get better in just a few days either. But by being silent and willfully complacent, we are sure to remain horrifically broken. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” That arc doesn’t bend on its own. All of us need to keep applying pressure and pushing toward what’s right. We need to lean in and we need to not let up or ease up on doing what is right for our students and our nation. The future is in all of our hands and it is up to all of us to take a stand for what’s right. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Matthew J. Miller

Superintendent