Dear KIPP Texas Families,
Many of you might see this early morning email from me and wonder why I am sending another note to you today. The truth is that like so many of you, I have been trying hard to process the events of the last few days. This morning, I wanted to share my reflections.
Along with you, yesterday I witnessed something I hoped our country would never see – a mob of violent rioters, in support of our current president, storming the United States Capitol building to prevent the functioning of our democracy. They did so with privilege, power, and faced few consequences, roaming freely inside the Capitol. I watched in horror thinking about how many people of color, especially Black people, have been met with violence early and often when standing for Black Lives Matter and the many Black lives that have been unjustly taken. Just this week, we learned that another police officer was cleared after shooting Jacob Blake in the back nine times in front of his children.
As I watched the events unfold yesterday, I also thought about the progress we are making in our country – progress that is too slow – but that still gives me hope. This week, we witnessed history as Georgia elected its first Black and Jewish Senators. Yesterday, we welcomed our KIPPsters back into our virtual and in-person classrooms, and in them, I see our future. We will continue to invest in each of them, seeing them, loving them, and preparing them to lead our schools, businesses, governments, and our world. Thinking about our KIPPsters, thinking about their bright futures, thinking about each of you and your commitment to their success, that gives me hope.
At school today, we will bring KIPPsters together for Circles, allowing space for them to share and process their feelings and thoughts. Their voices matter. Together, hand-in-hand with you, our families and communities, we will continue the fight to build a more just world.