Black people in America have faced over 400 years of oppression in this country. As people of African ancestry, known as African Americans, we have suffered in silence long enough. Even though we have made gains, institutional systemic racism still exists. Racism is a learned behavior, it’s taught, and as a school system, we teach. Just like we teach students in the classrooms and in schoolhouses, we must also teach our students in the classroom of life.
The past two weeks have witnessed unprecedented fervor in nationwide and international protests sparked by the extra judicial killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The failure of leadership which contributed significantly to the alarming death toll of more than 100,000 persons in the United States, with Blacks disproportionately accounting for approximately 30% of those killed by the global pandemic, fueled people’s uncertainty and anxiety and created the perfect firestorm for protests to erupt at the unmasking of systemic and institutionalized racism in the United States. With such a sobering start to Caribbean-American Heritage Month, is there a reason to celebrate?