This has been a terrible week for race relations given what has transpired with Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, East Coast bombings and Mid-West stabbings, and now racial threats against Black students in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
I will not say a lot about the Archer High School incident because this case (and the linked article) speaks for itself. It is clear that something must be done very quickly, but what? Today, many of Archer’s students dressed in black in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The students are clearly ready to make a change on their campus and I will be there to give them a voice with the administration. On Monday at 8:00am I will have a meeting with Archer’s Principal, Mr. Ken Johnson where I will present him with our issues and seek solutions.
As someone who has been formally trained in organizing and protest, I have several ideas of my own. But this is not my fight alone. I am asking that the students and parents of Archer High School please use this space to communicate to me what it is that you would like to see happen. In turn, I will summarize your desires and present them to Principal Johnson on Monday. We will not let racists or racism make us afraid to earn an education! We will succeed together!