Some schools pledged anti-racism last year, but are they following through?

When people rose up a year ago against the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by police, it reignited a racial justice movement in Oregon and across the world with calls for change in every corner of our communities.

Schools were specifically challenged for perpetuating racism through whitewashed and incomplete histories and were called on to play a new role: to teach the next generation to be anti-racist.

Many local schools during the protests acknowledged the continued presence of racism and pledged against it, saying they would “do the work” to confront it in schools and listen more to their students of color. But a year later, with few exceptions, many changes have only appeared in long-term policy reviews or promises without immediate change, causing some to wonder whether they will follow through.

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