In Memory of George Floyd

In Memory of George Floyd
Posted on 06/03/2020
Dear Benton Harbor Area Schools Community,

Within the last week, there has been unrest across our country due to the death of George Floyd. The unjust murder of Mr. Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Minnesota, has sparked and reignited the agony that African-Americans and Black people across the globe are experiencing. We have experienced this consistent trauma, in America, decade after decade. The mistreatment of African-Americans is intolerable and not acceptable.

Our US Constitution tells us that all children living in the United States have the right to a free public education. The Constitution requires that they be given equal educational opportunity, period. Our students deserve a fair chance to experience the benefits of life in America. And with that, we must stand firmly against racism and bigotry. We demand acceptance, inclusion, and equity. We are dedicated to our students and will ensure that they will be afforded every opportunity to thrive and excel in our global society.

There should be no confusion about what is right and what is wrong. There should be no confusion about what racism is or is not. The solution is simple; treat people the way you want to be treated. The safety and security of the physical, social, emotional and overall well-being of our students and staff is our number one priority. We must be intentional about how we support one another. We must be brave, bold, and confident in upholding the core values of Benton Harbor Area Schools’ mission and vision.

We must change expeditiously. Let’s do it together. Our students deserve a prosperous future and it is up to us to shape and secure their future. Let’s lead for excellence.

Excellence in Truth and Service

Dr. Andraè Townsel, Superintendent
Benton Harbor Area Schools