The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation denounces the violence we have
all witnessed against Black community members.
The murder of George Floyd in
Minneapolis in broad daylight is the most recent manifestation of police
brutality against African Americans. This latest murder has added to a long
list of murders and violence toward Black community members at the hands of law
enforcement, that has now reached a tipping point. Untold numbers of people are
now taking to the streets in the USA and Canada to protest the ongoing violence
against Black lives. We stand in solidarity with all those demanding an end to
these egregious human rights violations and the white supremacy they reflect in
both our countries.
These are the most recent
manifestations of centuries old bigotry that continues to be systemically
interwoven into the fabric of our society, threatening the values we claim to
hold true—democracy, equity, liberty, peace. Many demonstrators
in recent days have carried placards saying: “No justice, no peace!” They serve
as important reminders that true peace is not merely the absence of war, but
the presence of justice.
As a strong social justice
union, the BCTF stands for public education as a way to make the world better
and values the role of teachers as change makers.
As teachers, we witness the
devastating impacts of racism in the injustices borne by our students of colour
and their families: vastly disproportionate levels of poverty, illness,
violence, incarceration, and death compared to white students and their
That’s why we believe
strongly that it is our moral duty to speak out against racism, to take action
against racism, and to inspire our students and communities to join in the
The BCTF has policies and
programs for antiracism education that have grown and evolved over the past
four decades. Please visit our website to learn more about the BCTF’s resources against racism.