The Moreau Catholic High School community stands with all those who are seeking racial justice right now. The recent killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Steven Taylor in San Leandro, Sean Reed in Indianapolis, Tony McDade in Florida, and Adrian Medearis in Houston have affected us all. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” We can not be silent about the tragic loss of these lives and about anti-black violence. In order for us to build respect and bring hope for our students, we need to stand with all who are seeking justice and peace.
As a Catholic, Holy Cross institution, and as a Mariner family, we are obligated to denounce hatred, violence, and bigotry in all forms. The violence we see and read about right now in our country is counter to our mission. Our first instinct is to protect and support our students, especially our students of color who need our love and support the most right now. As a community of faith and love and learning, we hold up those in our family who need it the most.
Holy Cross education teaches respect for personal, social, racial, political, religious, gender, and linguistic diversity. Our founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, reminds us that “We do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know. ” We want our students to know this:
- You are loved and respected in our community, and we will always do all we can to keep you safe and empower your success.
- Each individual in our diverse community will be protected and supported by our entire community.
- We stand alongside you at this moment as your partners in justice, ready to not only teach but to learn from you, and to work hard for racial justice and equality.
While we surround all of our students in love, we say especially to our black students at this moment that you are beloved and you matter. Black lives matter. Your hearts and your minds matter. Whether it is captured on video, on the front page of the news, or unwitnessed aggression, racism is a sin and we condemn anti-black violence.
In the days ahead, our student leaders will help us to take more prayerful action. At this moment, we recommit ourselves as educators to do all we can to prepare our students for the world they will one day lead. We pray in solidarity for peace and healing in our country, and for the courage to seize this moment to work better and harder together for racial justice and equality. May God bless you and your families!
-Dr. Liz Gueratne, Principal and Mr. Terry Lee, President
Our Social Justice Leadership, Black Student Union, Associated Student Body, and Campus Ministry Team student groups have created a call to action and resource guide to put our well meaning thoughts into real actions for change: Solidarity Statement, Call to Action, & Resource Guide