NAEYC’s Statement on the Recent Tragedy in Atlanta
NAEYC mourns the loss of eight people killed in Atlanta last night, including six Asian women. This violence, like all such acts, causes deep and lasting trauma for communities, families, and children. As we stand for equity and justice, we stand against hate and gun violence. We stand with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and wrap our arms and our actions around our staff, members, families, children, and allies who see themselves and their families in these women. While there is more to be learned about last night's specific incident, we know that these tragic, violent acts have taken place in the context of increased anti-Asian racism, violence against women, and incidents of hate around the country. We must address this context head-on, and commit to talking about gender, race, and inequity as early childhood educators and leaders, with our children, in our classrooms, and in our homes. Visit NAEYC.org/equity for resources to help engage in these critical conversations.