Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Park Day School stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter around the world and at home in Oakland. We stand with all people who work towards the end of white supremacy and racism in all of its forms. As a private school, we are committed to the continuous work of unpacking the historical layers of our inherent whiteness and inequity in order to grow a community that honors intersectional black histories and identities.

It is our obligation as educators to utilize our partnership with families and community to reach, teach, and hold our students. Children of all ages are exposed to racism all of the time, whether or not we’ve put a label on it for them. They hear racist comments, and they see injustice. Giving our students the tools and vocabulary they need to recognize racism and speak up about it will help empower the next generation to be action oriented and a part of the solution.

Seeing and supporting our BIPOC community members is at the forefront of our responsibility. We are here to humbly listen, learn and affirm. For our white community members, we are here to challenge our inherent biases and use our individual and collective power and privilege to create an equitable, inclusive community that fearlessly acknowledges our dark past and contributes to a future free of racial injustice. BIPOC families do not have the luxury of *not* talking about race with their children. This responsibility falls on us all. Many of the educational resources below address how to talk about race and racism with white children and we urge parents to use them.

Here are some community resources compiled in collaboration with staff and Park Day alumni and current families.