The Black Lives Matter initiative in Boston Public Schools gave an angry response from the city’s police union leader, but the teachers’ union stands firmly with the support of the mayor’s office and others.
Michael Leary, President of the Boston Police Patrol Society, launched a letter on Monday Boston Teachers Union Monday asking the group of educators to reconsider their support for Black Lives Matter. single police. “
The letter was in response to the Black Black Lives Activity Week events which took place in Boston schools as the Black History Month began.
“Policing remains a dangerous occupation, but policing is more dangerous than ever before,” later Leary said, because of racist police to kill innocent people. “” Going into Black Lives Matter to make police the enemy. “
But Jessica Tang, head of the teachers’ union, said Leary was standing in the misleading and informal letter.
“Through our participation, we are showing support, love, and affirmation to our black students, our families and our educators,” Tang said in Wednesday’s statement.
Various school events took place during the week, and Tang says that none of them made any of the “irrational hatred” recommended by Leary in her letter.
“Day 1 was about love and kindness and empathy,” she told NBC10 Thursday.
Tang said that union teachers would not cancel any events and continue to support Black Lives Matter.
“It was never really about police, it really was about black students, educators and families declared,” she said.
No disagreement was made against law enforcement, Tang said, but some black students may have felt the impact of systematic discrimination.
“We fully understand the work of our first responders,” she said. “There is also experience, if you are a black child, and you see certain things – and there is a lot of data that shows discrimination and racism, systematically or institutionally.”
Boston Branch NAACP also said Wednesday that it was “deeply concerned about the letter” from Leary.
“Police officers are not a monolithic group. There are many police officers who understand the ideals and values behind BLM and align with BLM and other social justice organizations,” read a joint statement from the branch and the Massachusetts Minority Law Enforcement Association. “We do not believe that BLM is synonymous with ‘anti-police.’ Indeed, we believe that BLM is a reflection of the historical abuse of Black and brown people in this country, not only by law enforcement but by a culture which quietly undermined the value of Black and brown people.
NBC10 Boston reached the patrol association to get an opinion, but was told that Leary was not available. Tang said that she was out and that both trade unions are dealing.
Mayor Marty Walsh said on Wednesday that he supported city educators.
“Our teachers and administrators work hard every day to raise our students and ensure that they have the opportunities they need to succeed,” he said. “The priority of Boston Public Schools is to give priority to creating schools and communities where each student’s voice is respected and listened to.