Our hearts are heavy following the horrific violence in our nation as white nationalists took to Charlottesville streets to spread hate and instill fear, claiming the life of a young woman who set out in support of inclusivity and unity among races. Our children and our students are asking many questions that are very hard for us to answer amidst our own astonishment and outrage. I know our struggle to help them process it all is real.
We must take this opportunity, however, to talk about the difficult topics of racism and hate with them and to give them hope. We know there are more good people than hateful people and that by standing together against the terrorism of hate, we will prevail as Americans—and as humans.
We’ve pulled together the following resources to help you navigate through these difficult circumstances as you talk with students and families:
- CTA Statement and NEA Statement on Charlottesville.
- CTA’s Social Justice Campaign and Social Justice Toolkit—tips and lesson plans with materials including instruction on how to report hate incidents.
- NEA’s resources—to help students, teachers and families unite against hate.
- Three Questions to Ask Yourself before engaging with others.
- Education Justice Posters and Memes for schools and advocacy.
- The California Department of Education’s resources—information about the state’s landmark legislation that created strong protections for transgender students.