President's Message

President’s Message

I have just returned from the NEA Representative Assembly 2018. One of the most emotional discussions revolved around Resolution New 1, White Supremacy Culture. As a resolution, this expresses our belief regarding this topic. The resolution reads:

The National Education Association believes that, in order to achieve racial and social justice, educators must acknowledge the existence of White supremacy culture as a primary root culture of institutional racism, structural racism, and White privilege. Additionally, the Association believes that the norms, standards, and organizational structures manifested in White supremacy culture perpetually exploit and suppress people of color and serve as detriments to racial justice. Further, the invisible racial benefits of White privilege, which are automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender, and other factors, severely limit opportunities for people of color and impede full achievement of racial and social justice. Therefore, the Association will actively advocate for social and educational strategies fostering the eradication of institutional racism and White privilege perpetuated by White supremacy culture. 

All of our members need to be aware of the importance of this resolution, the vision of our national organization and the overwhelming acceptance and support of the assembly delegates. Institutional Racism is a focus of NEA and we stand behind all actions that will advance this cause. 

We have come so far in our beliefs; we have so much further to go. I hope all of you are involved in discussing racial and social justice in your locals. Together, we can help eliminate the problems that still lie in front of us.

Marilyn Warner

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