Although I have lived in Carmel for eight years, it was not until this summer during the protests that I realized the level of racial injustice going on within Carmel Clay Schools. The number of students speaking out about personal experiences they have had where classmates were harassing them based solely on the color of their skin was appalling and disheartening as a parent, as a member of this community and as a human being. Heart-wrenching stories of injustices occurring at all levels of our school system continued to pour out at the most recent CCS DEI meeting. No parent wants their child to be treated this way. We can no longer plead ignorance or turn a blind eye to these injustices.
In a democracy when the minority is impacted, change can’t happen unless some of the majority stand up for what is right, even if it doesn’t impact them directly. The broader community needs to wake up and engage in these conversations if we are to bring about change.
I am grateful that CCS has hired Terri Roberts-Leonard to be a leader in this effort. So, kudos to CCS for taking a positive step forward.
Frances Russell, Carmel