June 1 Message

June 1, 2020

This is a time of significant national pain.  Not every virus is novel.  The senseless deaths of Mr. George Floyd and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery manifest a longstanding disease.  This plague sees another human being by the color of their skin and translates that perception into prejudice.  We mourn with the families of the victims – and grieve for the vast gaps in the attainment of our American ideals.  Human progress is not linear; we are now mired in a trough of inequity in health outcomes, economic opportunity, and criminal justice (and these three strands are related) that only we can redress.

We are humbled by the responsibilities to live up to our values and confront racism, blatant or concealed.  At LTS, our mission demands that we always be welcoming and inclusive – and that we prepare and encourage our students and ourselves to engage in the challenging project of our national self-scrutiny.   As James Baldwin once aptly observed, “the paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”

Our Black students and families will likely feel these tragedies in ways that others outside of their shared experience cannot fully understand.  But all of us can join as allies, celebrate our common humanity, resolve to be healers of wounds, and commit to serving as agents of genuine change in the quest for justice and equality.

With care,

/s/ Seth Linfield

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Dorset, Vermont

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Dorset, Vermont