We are deeply saddened and heartbroken over the murder of George Floyd. Unfortunately, George Floyd’s murder is only the latest incident in a long history of abuses. As a country, we are at a crossroads and must ask ourselves what kind of a nation we are, and what direction we want to move in. As Americans, we must all use this moment to speak up and tear down the mechanisms of racism that have plagued our country from its inception. As educators, we have an obligation to facilitate the discussions that will disassemble the racism and prejudices that fuel such savage acts of violence. We must immediately address the behaviors that can fuel the fire of hate, and be models of compassion, love, and understanding for our students. Together we must stand up against inequality and prejudice. We must fight for the equal administration of justice for all human beings that abide in our land. We can no longer be silent and allow the foundations of prejudice and systemic racism to exist in our nation anymore. The RVF denounces racism and prejudice in all its forms and is committed to building a nation that treats all human beings with the same dignity and respect regardless of religion, gender, age, sexuality, or race.
~RVF President, Robert McDonough