Leander ISD issues statement condemning racism; reading list included

(Courtesy Leander ISD)
(Courtesy Leander ISD)

(Courtesy Leander ISD)

Leander ISD on June 4 issued a statement, both in English and Spanish, condemning racism and lamenting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. The entire statement follows:

"In Leander ISD, we unequivocally condemn racism, discrimination, and exclusion of all kinds. Our hearts are broken. The killing of George Floyd and others has profoundly impacted our nation and reminded us we live in a world where racism undeniably exists. We acknowledge that racism exists in Leander ISD. Our students matter, each and every one of them. We know it is time for action. As we cope with uncertainty, we must partner with our community to create equitable and inclusive environments for our entire population. We create a better future for our students when we stand against racism and value the diverse culture of our community. Hope is not enough. As Leander ISD, we demand equity."


The statement also included a suggested reading list of books that address racism and discrimination. Digital copies are available to LISD students and staff through the district's online reading platform, according to the statement.

The list includes:


  • "Pushout" by Monique W. Morris

  • "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

  • "The Listening Leader" by Shane Safir

  • "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond

  • "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Neihisi Coates

  • "Me and White Supremacy" by Layla F. Saad

  • "Blind Spot" by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G.

  • "Not Light, but Fire" by Matthew R. Kay

  • "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

  • "Stamped" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

  • "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

  • "Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram X. Kendi

  • "White Rage" by Carol Anderson

  • "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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