We are deeply saddened and troubled by the weekend’s events in New York, California, and Texas.
The deep-rooted systemic racism and xenophobia in our country affects all of us and has taken far too many lives. When it comes to our children, it is not enough to simply shield them from the harsh realities of racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. Indeed, we must talk to them about such horrors, as difficult as it may be. Not talking to them leaves them vulnerable.
As adults, parents, teachers, social-workers, mentors, coaches, and all who play a role in raising children - it is our collective responsibility to teach children that love, tolerance, and respect for diversity make it difficult for hatred to inject itself into our communities.
Moments like these present a unique opportunity to teach these important values. We will do what we can to support Massachusetts parents in that endeavor.
If you are unsure where to begin these conversations, please find valuable resources below, and remember that it is OK to not have all the answers.
The task of creating a peaceful world of caring and compassionate people is an enormous one, but it starts with taking responsibility for doing so. Nelson Mandela’s words serve as a reminder that it is possible:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
- Nelson Mandela