MTEA statement on the murder of George Floyd and the movement for Black lives:
The underpinnings of our nation, its states, cities and institutions have a racist history and continue to be inherently racist. MTEA angrily mourns the murder of George Floyd along with countless other Black men and women who have been killed by police and white supremacists: Breonna Taylor, Dontre Hamilton, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile. We support the protests demanding justice and reform.
MTEA believes that Black lives matter and that our students deserve a reality where that is true. Doing the daily work of becoming an anti-racist educator must be central to the work of all MTEA members.
MTEA demands justice for our students and we are committed to working to ensure this. Our students are entitled to a public education that is anti-racist, restorative and honors their past, present and future.
Last night, we saw uprisings in cities across the country and in Milwaukee. MTEA members can take immediate solidarity action to support the movement for Black lives through these Legal Help organizations.
Milwaukee, May 30, 2020 / Photo: Joe Brusky