MCWS Anti-Racism Statement

Maine Coast Waldorf School condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the state-sponsored murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black and brown humans who have been brutalized and murdered while in police custody. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the racial brutality levied against protestors exercising their constitutional rights. This brutality has been made evident in the past week, but is the everyday reality of black and brown people in the US. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the continued enactment of race-based violence and murder in the US, as well as our long history of racial injustice, colonization, and violence against black, brown, and indigenous people.

We commit ourselves to redoubling our efforts to end the endemic, pervasive, and lethal white supremacy, anti-black racism, and racism of all kinds, which are in our communities, our homes, ourselves. We recognize that educational institutions have a special obligation to be an anti-racist force in the world and to educate to end oppressions of all forms. We acknowledge our unique responsibility to educate ourselves and our students about the long history of colonialism, racial violence, and injustice; about the clear and pervasive obfuscation of that history; and about the long-standing existence of structural racism, racist policies, and white supremacy. We commit to looking anew at the way we teach, to looking at whose stories get told and why, and to guiding our students, in a developmentally appropriate way, to understand the malignant aspects of our history. We commit to developing and sustaining a thoroughly anti-racist curriculum. We commit ourselves to doing the, ultimately hopeful, work of ensuring racial equity and justice.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

It does this, however, only if each of us does our part. At MCWS, we commit ourselves to doing our part: to doing more than ever to educate ourselves and our students, working tirelessly to realize Dr. King’s vision of recognizing the dignity and humanity of black, brown, and indigenous people, so that we can finally realize the important truth that all humans are created equal.

In community,
David Barham, High School Branch Chair
Kelly Barham, Early Childhood Branch Chair
David Eichler, Pedagogical Director
Jess Moore, College Chair
Marta Rackmales, Grade School Branch Co-Chair
Susan Stark, Board President
(June 4, 2020)

Resources for anti-racism work:
Some families have asked for resources for self-education on anti-racism and for talking with children about racism and violence. We encourage you to talk to your child's teacher if you would like support on how to address these issues with your individual child(ren).

MCWS also has two committees whose mandates are to address issues of equity and inclusion at MCWS:
FCEI: Faculty Committee on Equity and Inclusion (Chaired by Cerridwen McQueen; contact Caitlin Pow while Ms. McQueen is on Parental Leave).
BCEI: Board Committee on Equity and Inclusion (Chaired by Susan Stark; also contact Sara Staples, committee member).