On Friday, City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Ed Flynn released a joint statement about recent incidents at Condon Community School involving live ammunition + swastikas and the principal’s response to the incidents. Faculty and staff of the Condon have responded with their own statement and video.
Although the staff’s statement does not address the recent incident specifically, it does mention racism within the school, within the community and within the district. The statement also confirms the staff’s commitment and dedication to helping those unlearn racist behaviors.
Read the statement below:
We are the Condon staff! We represent the voices that have been fighting the true struggle with racism from within these walls, within this community, within this district. Historically, we have not been a school to practice transparency. We lacked the will, courage and means to tackle things directly.
We have made a commitment to the work the district has asked of us. Once we began our journey we were quickly met with resistance and hatred. Hatred from fellow staff, resistance from the district and dismissiveness from this community.
We have chosen to share our truth, to no longer wait to be handed a mic. To disrupt a system that abuses its power to harm and belittle our community. The recent narrative presented in the media and by city
counselors portray our student community as violent and damaged, our staff as incompetent and neglectful, and our school community as unsafe. Within the last two years, our school community has criticism for our anti-racist work, our black and brown staff and students have been at the center of inequity and racial prejudice by individuals within and outside our school.
South Boston is a community made up of students from all cultural, racial, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Our diversity is our collective strength. We are here to reclaim our power. We still believe that unlearning racist harmful behaviors can be accomplished through unified commitment and dedication.