To our Holy Cross Community,
Earlier this month, Mr. Pompei and I had a chance to share our thoughts and approaches with our community regarding the events of the past few weeks. Our desire was to reflect on where we were and to set a stage for where we might go as a community.
Our letter, entitled Hope Calls Us, was a reflection on our mission as a Holy Cross school. Considering the title, it is fair to ask, "calls us to what?" Reading, researching and reflecting are important starting points, but they ultimately need to serve as the wellsprings of action. The senseless and unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd as well as countless others call us to act. Holy Cross rejects discrimination, bigotry and racism in all forms. A call to action goes beyond this. Our mission as a Holy Cross community, embodied in the dynamic of the Cross and Anchors, calls us to take on the charge of being advocates for social justice.
In that spirit and as part of this continuing effort, I want to share with our community, and particularly our parents and teachers, a list of resources. This is not an exhaustive list, but it provides some thoughts on how we can respond, act and effectuate continuous and lasting change. I have included some resources for parents with younger children at home.
Through the actions we take each day, week, month and year, Holy Cross is committed to bring about a more just and equitable world.
Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino
President, Holy Cross High School
Action we can all take now
- Make sure you are registered to vote if you are 18. If you are 16 you can pre-register to vote. You can register or pre-register here.
- Do one or more items from this list of 75 things to do for racial justice.
- Take time to ask questions of ourselves about what we still need to learn, and beyond just learning, what actions do we take to create change both in ourselves and in our world?
Articles to Read
- The American Nightmare, Ibram X. Kendi
- Ahmaud Arbery and the Local Legacy of Lynching, Jennifer Rae Taylor and Kayla Vinson
- How to be an Effective Advocate, Emily Stewart
Resources for Parents
- CNN: How to talk to your children about protests and racism
- The Public Radio Program On Point from WBUR in Boston is hosting a program called How To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence.
- NPR (National Public Radio): Talking Race with Young Children
- Today.com - talking with your kids about protests, racism and injustice (scroll down for guidance for children in high school)
- For families with young children - Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families
- Child Mind Institute: Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
- American Psychological Association: Engaging My Child
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture:Talking About Race Web
Books for parents
- New York Times: These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids