We are here. We are working to do better. We are listening and learning.
To our community,
We stand behind all humans—adults and kids. Today and every day, we stand against racism. We believe that all lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter. We know that the Black community needs our support, now and always. Not only to stand with them against systematic racism, but to tangibly do our part to make things better. And we recognize we have not done enough.
There are no words we can write to make this better, but we are dedicated to being stronger advocates for change. We know we can only grow from the discomfort of hard conversations, learning, and understanding.
We will work to offer resources for parents and families—the kind of resources we ourselves are seeking—to educate ourselves, to talk with our children, to find ways to help, and to do better, and to donate effort and money to organizations that empower and support Black women and girls.
We are here, we are working to do better, and we’re listening and learning.
—Jen, Jodi, and Team Destira
Social Justice Resources
GymCastic Podcast, Episode 427: Black Lives Matter with Alexis Brown. This episode is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for all listeners.
Trevor Noah: George Floyd and the Dominoes of Racial Injustice
Mr. Noah uses two words in this talk that are not “school appropriate.” Though this video was shared to us via our neighborhood school, we recommend that adults watch before sharing it with children.
Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College: Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk? (TEDx talk)
Jamilah Pitts, Teaching Tolerance: Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters, Part 1
National Public Radio: Talking Race with Young Children
Teaching Tolerance: Resources for talking to kids about race and racism
Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP & Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP: Talking to Children about Racial Bias
Raising Race Conscious Children
Christina Torres, Education Week: The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education
Center for Racial Justice in Education: Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, Racialized Violence with Kids
Teaching Tolerance: Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom