We are deeply concerned about recent racist behavior witnessed at Los Alamos Public schools and addressed by Dr. Jose Delfin, LAPS superintendent, in an email on October 21. No matter how unintentional, there is no excuse for racist overtones or openly racist behavior, by students or adults alike. We, as citizens of this small town, must rally around anti-racism efforts – both in the schools and in the greater community.
This is not about politics. This is about speaking up and having zero tolerance for bigotry toward others – be it due to race, ethnicity, religion, etc. Dr. Delfin shared resources with parents worth sharing with the rest of the community, below:
Resources for parents:
Resource for students/schools:
We can all become more aware of the subtle and overt acts of prejudice and hate, as well as what we can do and how to create dialogue around it. Even the most subtle behavior leads to more overt acts of hate. (See the PYRAMID OF HATE.) If you want to educate yourself on anti-hate information, the Southern Poverty Law Center provides excellent resources, Ten Ways to Fight Hate Community Response Guide.
Concerned LAPS parents and Los Alamos residents
Elisa and Alex Enriquez
Rebecca and Tim Foley
Margo and Steve Batha
Melissa Goldman and April Wheeler
Anna Llobet Megias
Ian and Lindsay Alexander
Meg and Michelangelo Lobato
Rev. John and Jess Cullinan