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May 29, 2020 |

George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the history of violence against black peoples

Hi, everyone.

I don’t even know where to begin. It’s a troubling world we live in, and especially more for our black brothers and sisters. I strongly encourage folks to have space and open dialogue with students in their class today or next week. It’s an important teaching moment and could provide great context and insight for all involved. I plan on talking about it in my LL today, and I hope if you have an advisory in the HS you would take a moment as well. We don’t need to have the answers, just give space for students to share their thoughts.
This is a great resource to share with students or look at yourself.


On May 25, 2020, a black Minnesota man, George Floyd, was killed after a white police officer suffocated him while a group of officers looked on. Floyd, like so many black people who have come before him, was stopped by the police while driving and would not make it home that night. We believe that learning, reflection, and action must begin immediately in our personal lives. Pausing to apprehend the gravity of Floyd’s death, the historical and contemporary political contexts in which it occurred, and the tools for self-care and resistance that are available to us is paramount.We invite you to explore the resources below as you process this tragedy and the broader histories of violence in which it is embedded:

Courtney E. Martin, author of The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream, offers concrete suggestions to parents about how to raise white children with an awareness of racism, and cultivate their sense of responsibility for challenging it within themselves and the world around them.

Please reach out if you need to talk,
Hau Bui (he/him)
Math Instructor
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator
1130 SW Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 223-3367 ext. 511

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