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Script of Phil Herman's 6.1.2020 Monday Video Message to Parents and Staff about Racism.

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s Monday Message.


For a guy who is an eternal optimist, I find that my heart has been breaking many times over the recent months. Much of that has been about COVID-19 and missed opportunities for our students, but this weekend and today, my heart breaks because of racism. 


Our nation has been shaken by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This tragic event is yet another reminder that too many African Americans live in fear simply because of the color of their skin.


I invite each of you to think about what you can personally do to help end racism. I’ve found that a good place to begin is to stop and listen to people of color -- your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers, and our students. Only then can we begin to comprehend their lived experiences, and the many ways, day in and day out, they have been impacted by racism in our nation, our state, in northeast Ohio, in our community, and in our schools.


But please understand, it is not their job to fix it or answer the question, “So what do you want us to do about it?” It is the responsibility of all of us to confront racism, while building action plans to acknowledge bias and prevent racism. 


Each of us has a role to play in our community, our workplace, and our family to bring equity and safety to people of color, and until then, my heart should be breaking.