National Education Leaders Have Bold Conversation on Racial Equality

On Friday, leaders and members of the Florida Education Association spent part of their statewide Delegate Assembly having a blunt, tough, uncomfortable but courageous conversation about how to address the lingering effects of racism and inequity in the state Florida and throughout country. This bold conversation comes on the heels of recent racial tensions at the University of Florida.

The conversation included remarks from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcìa, NEA Vice President Becky Pringle, and bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi.

“Institutional racism is deeply ingrained in our society, including our school systems. This has increased as the political tide pushes for privatization of education, which escalates the resegregation of schools,” said Joanne McCall, FEA president. “It’s up to all of us to address these issues in our schools and communities to end the divisiveness that has become so pervasive in our country. Our students deserve better, and we must lead the way against bigotry, racism and hate.”

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