Statement from NEA-Alaska President Tim Parker on the Killing of George Floyd and the Impact of Institutional Racism on Alaska Students

ANCHORAGE – The following statement can be attributed to NEA-Alaska President Tim Parker regarding the killing of George Floyd and the institutional racism that continues to plague American society.

“The senseless killing of George Floyd happened thousands of miles away, but the anger and grief felt by educators across Alaska hit very close to home, resulting in protests all across the 49th State. The protests should serve as a wake-up call that institutional racism is a cancer on our society. This racism is woven into the fabric of our culture and passed down through generations often without intent or malice. It is our duty as Americans to say enough is enough and put an end to this cancer.

“The only way to combat institutional racism is to address it head-on in our own lives, our communities, and the systems that perpetuate intolerance and inequality. NEA-Alaska is committed to providing training to our members about how to talk about institutional racism, addressing systemic issues of inequity, listening to the concerns of our students and communities when racism rears its ugly head, and having hard conversations about how to root out racism from our society.

“As teachers, classroom aides, counselors, school nurses, nutrition service workers, custodians, and every other employee serving in our public schools, we must work together to combat institutional racism. NEA-Alaska stands united with those who toil to break down the barriers of racism and work towards a brighter future for all.”