On behalf of the Teaching Lab Team
Dear Friends, Partners, and Supporters,
We are experiencing the grief and anger brought on by the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and so many before them. We are painfully aware that we will never know all the names, all the lives that have been violently taken in communities across our country and the world. We are also still dealing with a devastating pandemic that disproportionately impacts Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, and extended school closures that are exposing the already-existing systemic racism in our healthcare and educational systems.
Many organizations are releasing statements. But statements are just the beginning of the real work we need to do.
For that reason, our collective statement is simple: Black Lives Matter. Dismantle White Supremacy.
Black Lives Matter should not be a radical statement but it is when day-in and day-out Black people are murdered by police – the very people that are supposed to protect us. This is white supremacy in action: federal and state systems and policies that sow divisions and reinforce inequities amongst people.
At Teaching Lab, we are not immune to white supremacy culture. And we recognize that although our values ask all team members to enact antidotes to white supremacy culture, we have not done enough. And so, as a team, we have made these commitments:
If you don’t know what to do, you can find a list of organizations here to support.
Now, let’s get to work.
The Teaching Lab Team