Luke Risher, Deputy Executive Director
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We at UrbEd are saddened and disgusted (but not surprised) at the tragic recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a yet another cog in the cycle of racism and hates that this country was built on, shaped by, and still suffers from. A team member of UrbEd, Luke Risher, was able to travel down to the Charlottesville community and stand in solidarity with the community during their time of strife.
UrbEd sees the lack condemnation from the government and leaders specifically Donald Trump. Statements like the "both side" statement shows where the administration's values lie and how this country still accepts open white supremacy.
At UrbEd we fight for Urban Education and we see how the underlying and explicate issues of racism have formed and currently impact education. We are based in the City of Philadelphia, located in Pennsylvania - a state that both hosts an active Ku Klux Klan chapter and voted for Donald Trump in the election. In our schools in Philadelphia we see examples of racism, for example, the Swastikas were drawn in Little Flower High School, or spray painted downtown in areas where multiple schools are located. Also, we see how the underlying racism in our school system leads to issues like underfunding, lack of control, lack of opportunities, negative and degrading school environments, for urban primarily non-white students.
We continue to fight and stand in solidarity against the overt racism we see, we also will not lose sight of the ingrained racism in the system in our country like the education system and the economic structure. As student advocate fighting for urban students (primarily not white), we will always fight the systems that create inequality and injustice in our communities.