BLACK LIVES MATTER

Statement

The last few weeks have weighed heavily on our hearts. To say that we are saddened by yet another senseless and racially motivated killing at the hands of police, is an understatement. Against the backdrop of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, the murder of George Floyd and the injustice it exemplifies, is an all too real reminder of the racial inequalities that are rampant in the US, UK and many countries around the world.

As black educators, we are all too aware of the challenge we collectively face in overcoming the multilayers of institutional racism that plague our schools, offices, courtrooms and media outlets. The protests that have taken place in recent weeks are inevitable and have been both necessary and effective in bringing the conversation about race equality to the forefront of our everyday lives.

As an organisation, we stand with the millions of people around the world who are outraged and demand change, as this injustice can no longer be ignored. We are hopeful that recent events will not just spark momentary conversations but will evoke real and lasting change.

For the last 6 years, we have advocated reform within the education sector pertaining to equal opportunities for all pupils. Sadly, we still find in the UK that black students are:

  • 3 times more likely to be permanently excluded than their white counterparts for similar infractions
  • 2 times more likely to fail their Maths and English GCSEs
  • 2 times more likely to achieve a lower 2nd/3rd class degree than their white counterparts despite higher participation levels
  • 2 times more likely to be unemployed between 16 and 24 years

Often conversations about race have been left unsaid, gone unchallenged or met with resistance. At DLN, we are restating our pledge and strengthening our commitment to the cause and will continue to challenge injustice. Lasting change requires all of us to take action; however the world will need to look to the next generation of leaders as the catalyst. Therefore, we strongly believe that there has never been a more pressing time to develop socially conscious, moral and passionate young leaders who are unafraid to speak their truth and stand up for what is right.

We have recently been contacted by a number of young people expressing their anger, sharing their pain and reliving their own experiences of racism and bias. We are LISTENING! We hear their frustration, we see their pain, we understand their emotion and we stand with them in this fight.

We are asking all young people to share their experiences anonymously with us here.

As we collectively look for ways forward to support our young people, we also invite parents to share their experiences anonymously with us here and teachers to contribute their thoughts anonymously here.

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