Given the events over the last couple of weeks, I feel compelled to say the following:
At Rathfern we stand together to condemn the unlawful murder of an innocent black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. We stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.
Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK. Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white counterparts, while BAME offenders are far more likely than others to be jailed for drug offences. As educators of a school population which is 76% Black and ethnic minority, we cannot remain silent.
The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life. Our community needs and deserves to feel safe in the belief that its leaders condemn all acts of racism and violence and moreover that they believe racism is an abhorrence that we, as Lewisham Leaders, reject.
The Rathfern team have a duty to address systemic racism in our society and we uphold this in our united condemnation of the unlawful murder of an innocent black man, George Floyd. I know we have all been deeply affected by this indescribable injustice but we must stand together in our determination to address systemic racism.
Black Lives Matter in Lewisham
A message from Pinaki Ghoshal, Lewisham’s Executive Director for Children and Young People and Angela Scattergood, Director of Education.
From our Mayor
The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here.