- The Center
As a Quaker community rooted in and committed to the work of anti-racism, Lincoln School condemns the recent attack on the Asian American community in Atlanta and all racially motivated violence and hate. We mourn for the victims and their families, and we stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community members.
Though we are always deeply grateful for our community, it is during times like this that we hold our Quaker tenets of peace, equity, and justice particularly close.
We recognize that our Asian and APIDA community members may be processing tremendous grief, anger, and fear. Division directors and School Psychologist Jessica Lund are available to connect you with resources if your child needs additional support during this difficult time.
As well as the critical teaching and learning that exists and is being built within our curriculum, prior to COVID restrictions, Upper School held a regular affinity group space for members of the APIDA community, and Middle School holds a regular affinity group space for members of the BIPOC community. Any Upper School students interested in meeting with an APIDA affinity group, should be in touch with Candice de los Reyes for more information. Any Middle School students interested in meeting with a BIPOC affinity group, can reach out to Barret Fabris.
All community members may be feeling a sense of helplessness or confusion about concrete actions to take to support the Asian and APIDA community. Long-time partner Youth In Action (YIA), a youth-led social justice organization based in Providence, shared a helpful list of things we can do as anti-racism allies.
- Report hate crimes. (In Rhode Island, dial 1-800-494-8100 or visit www.helplineri.com/hate-crime for more resources. In Massachusetts, you can file a civil rights complaint online at www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-civil-rights-complaint.)
- Support Asian American–owned restaurants and businesses.
- Call out what you see in your circles, and call in people to dialog and unpack their hate … don’t let it slide!
- Remind folx that all levels of racism are not distinct—they are all symptoms of the root cause, white supremacy. (For a collection of anti-racist resources, visit our website.)
- Give your money to those doing the work. For example, you can donate locally to ARISE and PrYSM and nationally to Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
- Stand in solidarity with all folx, at all times! But at this moment, be LOUD and PRESENT and STAND FIRMLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR AAPI FAMILY.
Working to end systemic racism also requires that we examine and challenge the structures that support white supremacy each and every day. As an institution of learning, entrusted with young hearts and bold minds, Lincoln’s role as a leader in this work is clear.
Lincoln’s Anti-Racist Task Force continues with the Assessment of Inclusivity and Mulitculturalism, wherein faculty and administrators assess Lincoln’s curricular resources, as well as the scope and sequence in each division, through the lens of equity, inclusion, and community. The Center also supports professional development workshops for all faculty and staff, like a recent webinar with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on “Go[ing] Beyond an Awareness of Racism, Contribute to the Formation of a Truly Just and Equitable Society.”