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Statement from Beaumont School on Racism and Our Catholic Call to Action

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Press Releases

Statement from Beaumont School on Racism and Our Catholic Call to Action

Pope John Paul II called racism, “the most persistent and destructive evil” among nations. It is real and it is deliberate. Combating racism is intrinsic to our Catholic faith. Indeed, to be Catholic is to see the beauty of all creation made in God’s image.

Beaumont School has a decades-long tradition of educating a diverse student body, reflecting the diverse community of Cleveland Heights in which our school has resided for more than 75 years. Our Ursuline tradition and values demand that we stand in solidarity with all of humanity.

The events of this past weekend and the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery to name those just recently killed, have outraged us.

We hear God’s call: What have you done? What will you do?

We can and must do better. We have a moral obligation to, as St. Angela says, teach by example. We must love our students and teach them to love as Christ did by standing up to confront the demons of prejudice and hatred in our society.

We must fight the fear, suspicion and manipulation from those who profit from a divided society. We will work—first in our own Beaumont community—for peace and justice that is not merely an absence of conflict, but illustrative of the Peace of Christ, based on mutual love, respect and dialogue.

More than 70 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt said that universal human rights begin in small places, close to home – with individuals, neighborhoods, schools, places of work and places of worship. “Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

Beaumont School is small, our universe is small, but the ripples that emanate from our positive actions every day at every moment can and will change the world.

We join with our larger Cleveland community to offer our prayers, our condolences and our solidarity in this struggle. It may take our whole lives, but it is a fight worth fighting.