By now, everyone in the country knows the name George Floyd, as well as the circumstances of his death. Not surprisingly, the revulsion to what happened has been universal across the country; Westmoreland County was no exception.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, many of which unfortunately turned into violent riots and loot mobs after agitators riled up crowds. Others sought a peaceful route, attempting to be constructive rather than destructive; the meeting of the Westmoreland County School Board last week was a peaceful call for change.
One of the first items that Chairman Ralph Fallin brought forward was what he called a “resolution of racial justice.”
“There’s a tremendous amount of pain and frustration over the death of George Floyd,” Fallin commented. “As a School Board, we need to insure that our students, teachers, administrators, and staff feel safe in our schools and communities.”
According to Fallin, the resolution was a statement of the School Board’s commitment against racism and bigotry, and “dedication towards achieving an inclusive learning environment that values all children.”
The resolution, which passed unanimously, is now posted on Westmoreland County Public Schools’ website and Facebook page for all to see.
Essentially, the School Board has redoubled its commitment to its mission statement to “provide all students with authentic learning experiences, knowledge, and skills to become successful citizens,” as well as “an exemplary learning environment that empowers all students to find their voices and make meaningful contributions.”
In short, the aim is to work towards Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of living in a world where people will be judged by the content of one’s character rather than the color of one’s skin.