The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) condemns the killing of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department.
The killing of Mr. Floyd, and the manner in which it occurred are brutal and gut -wrenching reminders that we are all not equal under the law. His murder is part of a pattern in which African Americans are killed by rogue cops or reckless vigilantes.
Founded almost 50 years ago, NABSE was built on the belief of a fair, equitable and quality education for all citizens of this country. Unfortunately, many of the challenges which our colleagues faced in 1972 are present today.
The institutional racism which makes it easy for police officers to kill unarmed African Americans is all too pervasive in our society. It is our responsibility to do what we can to eliminate it from the places where we work, and to educate our colleagues and students about its manifestations and impact.
The challenge of educating African American students is exacerbated by the persistence of these senseless killings. It is up to each of us to be intentional and vigilant as we endeavor to prepare our young people for adulthood in the world in which we live.
NABSE will host a virtual townhall meeting on Sunday June 07, 2020 to discuss these developments, and provide our members and stakeholders with a forum for constructive discourse and engagement.
Ours is a society built on the principle of the inalienable rights of life, liberty and justice for all. The killings of unarmed persons by the police are gross violations of that principle. We join the call for the prosecution of the officers involved in the dastardly killing of Mr. Floyd.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Floyd Family, the Arbery Family, the Taylor Family and all who have endured loved ones being ripped from their families because of senseless acts of violence against African Americans.
Michael McFarland Fadhilika Atiba-Weza
President Executive Director
Chester Senior High School
South Aiken High School
Woodland High School
North Augusta High School
North Augusta, SC
West Florence High School
Spartanburg High School
High School for Health Professions Orangeburg, SC
The mission of the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE) is to ensure a high quality education for all children, particularly for African-American children by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American professionals, and influencing public policy.
Since its beginning, SCABSE has significantly increased its membership and has been able to generate the support of the business community as well as educational and governmental leaders throughout South Carolina. Through strong leadership and commitment, the Alliance will continue to be a voice for advocating quality education for our children, recruiting, and training of African-American teachers, and providing a forum for sharing knowledge related to educational issues affecting South Carolina's African Americans. Granted incorporation status in October 1990, SCABSE is the foundation that provides a vision for all persons who are interested in the education of African-American youth.