A Statement of Solidarity with the
Black Lives Matter Movement
In celebration of Juneteenth, Haleakalā Waldorf School wishes to publicly state our outrage at the continuing violence perpetrated against Black people and people of color in our country. It is clear that this stems from the systemic racism embedded in the foundations of our social and economic structures. We stand firmly in solidarity, and we struggle to find the words to express the sadness we feel at the brutal killing of yet another unarmed Black citizen at the hands of the police. Our hearts go out to the families of the countless people whose lives have been taken through these inexcusable acts.
Our country's very framework was founded on the brutal theft, enslavement, abuse, and exploitation of Black lives. This merciless mentality of white entitlement led to the murder and theft of Native people and lands across the continent and in Hawai'i. As we come to terms with our own part in passively upholding these systems, we are working together to sustainably change how we educate our children to actively build an antiracist world.
The Waldorf Movement has, at its core, the goal of building the inner resources that our children need to draw upon as global citizens. These resources are grounded in idealism and fierce activism alongside a deep love for the world and for humanity. Haleakalā Waldorf School is committed to embodying truth, social justice, and peace in our world, and we believe that the free expression of identity is essential for a healthy school community.
Teaching our children about our country’s long history of endemic racism can be challenging, yet it is clear that we cannot be silent. Together, as adults, we must actively model antiracist actions and find appropriate ways to discuss these issues authentically and honestly. Our students must feel empowered to join us in being the change that is so desperately needed in the world.
At Haleakalā Waldorf School, we are committed to the ongoing work of creating a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion thrive. We recognize the dire necessity of addressing the endemic racism, oppression, and inequality within our history and culture. Please see the attached resources at the end of this letter for more information about these topics and how to talk to children about them.
With Aloha and Humility,
Haleakalā Waldorf School
Lei Day 2020- Separate But Together