Head of School Sam Houser shared the following message with the George School community on Monday, June 1, 2020:
Once again, we in the George School community have witnessed the institutionalized racism that plagues the United States. The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor remind us that Black life is considered less sacred in this country.
We voice our particular concern for the experience of African Americans, whose lives are disproportionately imprinted by racial bias day in and out. In these trying times, we stand in solidarity with George School’s African American students, faculty, and staff, as well as the wider Black George School community.
At their best, our Quaker testimonies motivate us to strive to create a just society, leading and supporting one another compassionately and honestly as we try to shape a world as it ought to be, instead of only as it is. George School must continue to be grounded in the ancient commitment to see that of God in every single person. We are bound together – across cultures, countries, and continents – in the everlasting search for truth. And we continue to believe unequivocally in every single person’s right to equality, human rights, dignity, and freedom.
Now more than ever, an authentic Friends education must show its value to its proponents and the world. We must readily align our voices and our work as an educational institution with the work for justice. To begin the work this week here on campus, Meeting for Worship will center on responding to racism.
Please join us in holding in the Light all those in our immediate community and beyond who are suffering.