The Sag Harbor School District released a statement Friday on the death of George Floyd and racial inequality in general in the United States.
“This spring has been a difficult one, as all of our lives have changed in ways that were inconceivable just months ago. It is important to recognize, however, that we have not all faced the same challenges or had the same experiences,” said Superintendent Jeff Nichols in the statement. “While we have all suffered as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color, heightening awareness of the deep disparities that exist in our nation. One important public service where these disparities manifest is in law enforcement, which is a vital ingredient to any healthy community. While the majority of law enforcement officials act honorably, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor and countless others remind us of the continuing presence of racial inequities and violence in this part of our society.
“The Sag Harbor School District mission statement ends with ’empower students to become responsible and respectful members of a global society.’ In keeping with this goal, we stand in solidarity with the Black community as they experience pain, anguish and fear, and wecommit to working with them to address the challenges, fight racism and bigotry, and ensure that our community is a welcoming, inclusive place for everyone. I encourage those members of our community who have experienced racism to come forward and share their thoughts and experiences, so that wemayall learn and find ways to grow as a community. I ask those members of our communitywho have not experienced racism, to take the time to listen, reflect and support our neighbors. The Sag Harbor Schools remain committedto creating a world that is equitable and kind and will continue to endeavor through education to prepare our students to lead andparticipate in the change that is long overdue.”