The Northshore School District dedicated the week of February 5-9, 2024, to celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement with students. The district claims to have a “duty to cultivate the necessary conditions for just and equitable change in our education system and community.” The district continues to explain that “it is imperative that we speak up about the injustices that have a 400+ year history in this country” despite the United States not existing 400 years ago. The district also states: “This is the time to say Black Lives Matter.” The following statement is then provided:
In our house, we continue to stand for equity, for our staff and administrators to be equipped with the skills to have these critical conversations with students and one another, to come together and build a community of safety and belonging, to teach our white students how to be strong allies and our students of color that they are important and valued, and to show all of our students how to imagine and build justice-driven futures.
The school district also has a “full resource guide” for this week that was updated on February 1, 2024. The district’s guide teaches students in middle school about the topics “A Trans History: Time Marches Forward And So Do We” and “Celebrating Black Gay History.”
On October 9, 2023, the grassroots arm of Black Lives Matter shared a statement on X accusing Israel of “apartheid.” The organization then stated that it “stands in solidarity with our Palestinian family who are currently resisting 57 years of settler colonialism and apartheid.”
The BLM chapter of Chicago also posted an image on X of a Hamas terrorist paraglider with the phrase “I stand with Palestine.”