Voices That Matter
Voices That Matter
The ASBA “Voices That Matter Campaign” was created to honor voices, emotions and experiences on racial injustice in the United States.
ASBA condemns racism and police brutality against black people. Along with our community, we mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the endless list of black lives lost as a direct result of racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression.
Black, brown and other underrepresented voices in our schools must be amplified. This campaign is one opportunity to do this and help our staff and members express themselves and heal through these difficult times.
Chandler USD Board Member/ASBA Black Alliance President
Being the only and the first black woman on the school board in Chandler, Arizona comes with significant challenges and obstacles. By virtue of me being black and a woman, anything that I say is interpreted as being political because we have politicized black bodies, especially black women’s bodies. People have characterized me as dangerous to children and wielding more power than I actually have in my role as a board member. I’m dangerous because I am using inclusive language that centers BIPOCs, our LGBT community and other marginalized groups that are not at the table. My fellow board members can say the same things that I am saying, but I am always categorized as angry and uncaring. I get a of threats–either threats of harm or threats to recall me because I’ve been labeled as a racist for talking about racism and white supremacy. I’ve had people tell me to kill myself or use very derogatory language to describe me and my body or use racial slurs towards me. But it’s all a clear example of the types of racism that persist in our community with our black students and teachers that people were not ready to believe before. But they certainly see it now and have to do internal work on themselves and how they view things through that lens of white supremacy. If they want to use me as a target, that’s great, but in doing so they are revealing a lot about themselves and the racism in our community.