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Dear Greenhills Students and Community:

Pre-COVID-19, we would be gathering tomorrow morning in the Campbell Center for our Monday all-school meeting. Too often over the years, but importantly, those meetings have been times when we would acknowledge together the continued injustice and violence resulting from structural racism in our country. Accompanying that acknowledgement—whether prompted by specific events, or as part of our equity and justice work as a school community—is the terrible fact that many members of our community live with this anxiety and threat every day. More so now than ever in the past couple months of being apart, I wish we could be together to support our friends, students, families, and colleagues of color, specifically members of our black community. 

I am saddened and outraged by the killing of George Floyd, which has resulted in explosive protests in major cities across the country, but also in justifiably angry yet peaceful protests like the one in the Diag I experienced yesterday on the University of Michigan campus. While the prompt for these protests and gatherings is the senseless death of Mr. Floyd, the brutal fact is that this headline is only the most recent. Only last week we read about Amy Cooper’s actions in Central Park, the second of “two incidents separated by twelve hours and twelve hundred miles [that]  have taken on the appearance of the control and the variable in a grotesque experiment about race in America.”

All of this occurs at the end of a long few months of this extraordinary, demanding, frightening and worrisome spring. I so wish we could gather tomorrow morning and I remain hopeful we can begin next year more together than apart. Until then, know that our school’s mission is explicit in our commitment to equity and justice, and to helping our students better the world. As we prepare to care for our students, families, and colleagues through this final week of the school year and into the summer, I write to encourage everyone to do more, to work toward antiracism, to do better. 

Sincerely,

Peter B. Fayroian
Head of School

 

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