The horrifying and senseless death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has thrown the State of Minnesota and the entire country into a state of grief and turmoil.
It’s yet another example of the racism that black, brown and indigenous peoples in the United States live with every day. It’s also an opportunity for us to join together and rewrite the rules so everyone, with no exceptions, can thrive without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.
As Pedro Noguera wrote, “Educators. This is a teachable moment. Don’t be afraid to teach about the meaning of justice and the murder of George Floyd by the police. Our students are watching.”
Here are some things you can do.
Anti-Racism Teaching Resources:
- HRE USA Anti-Racism Teaching Resources
- 5 anti-racism resources for teachers
- More anti-racism resources
- 5 ways to address bias in your school
- Lesson to Teach and Learn from ‘Unite the Right’
- Facing History: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
- Share My Lesson racism collection
- Ibram X. Kendi blog
- PBS Newshour Lesson on Death of George Floyd
- Racial Justice in Education resource guide
- Teaching Tolerance
- Talking about race in the classroom
- Talking About Race
- Confronting White Nationalism in Schools toolkit
Organizations/funds to donate to:
- George Floyd family’s GoFundMe
- Communities United Against Police Brutality
- Black Lives Matter Global Fund
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- The Minnesota Freedom Fund
Actions to take:
- Union Members for #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd
- #JusticeforFloyd on act.colorofchange.org
- Send a letter to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey or Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz demanding justice, accountability and/or policing changes.
- Call County Attorney Mike Freeman at 612-348-5550 to demand justice, accountability and/or policing changes. Call Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at 651-296-3353. Call Gov. Walz at 651-201-3400