The tragic and heartbreaking killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others are a painful representation of how far we as a society need to go to end the systemic racism and implicit bias that continue to devastate our Black and other marginalized communities. At BloomBoard, we condemn the actions of those misaligned with the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and stand firmly with those working to advance the anti-racism movement.

Creating sustained action towards a better future is inherent to the work of education.

During this difficult time, it is appropriate for us to grieve alongside those most impacted by these tragedies. It is also important for us to reflect on what we individually and as a company can do to drive towards a future without racism, where all our kids can feel safe and supported in their learning.

There is good work happening to directly confront the causes of endemic and systemic discrimination and inequality, and we must do everything we can to support and expand it. Efforts like the Tennessee Leaders for Equity Playbook offer a clear set of commitments that we as educators vehemently believe in, and provide a structural framework that can help us navigate the complex, entrenched, and systemic nature of racism.

That said, there is much more work to do.

Despite all the frustration, anger and uncertainty that we currently feel, there is hope, and we are not powerless. Educators stand at the forefront of inspiration for people and society to change. We do not have the answers for how to end systemic racism but know that education is at the core of the solution. The strength to dismantle the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality must be found at least in part in those on the front lines of educating our children. We support and join in the work of those fighting to educate towards equity and build a better future for all.