The protests taking place across the U.S. today remind me somewhat of the civil rights protests that took place when I was a high school student during the 1960's. Some of you are old enough to remember those days...some are not. However, having lived all the years in between, I also sense that there is once again a great bridge of fear and mistrust to cross if we are to begin the conversation.
Many more years of racial and cultural disconnect have taken us to a different place. At the root of it all is the belief system held by many that some matter less than others. In this case it is people of color...mainly African-American. But it could just as well be a case of gender, disability, and/or class. For this time and at this place, I quote Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York...
"People need to know that black lives and brown lives matter as much as white lives."
Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno is the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), Associate Professor, Department Chair of Educational Leadership, and Associate Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership California State University, Fresno