A Note from the Institute for Writers and the Institute of Children’s Literature
Our country is in pain. For the Black community, this pain is 400 years old. The murder of George Floyd has started long-needed conversations on race that we hope will have staying power and will change the imbalance that exists in our country.
Our hearts break for the victims, and for everyone who loved them. We cannot begin to fathom their heartbreak, or the terror of being a target simply because of color.
Change requires communication, but most of all, listening. To our students in the Black community, we hear you. Your lives matter.
We have made a personal donation to EmbraceRace.org, an organization that identifies, organizes – and, as needed, creates – the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks needed to meet four goals:
• Nurture resilience in children of color
• Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
• Raise kids who think critically about racial inequity
• Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children
We say their names:
The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner's death in July 2014.