Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala Reflects on Death of Mr. George Floyd and Racism

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 01, 2020 / comments

[Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools]

Dear El Dorado County Community,

For the past three months, our county has come together to focus on health, safety, and education issues related to the pandemic. However, the troubling events of recent days also demand our acknowledgement and reflection as a community. We are disturbed by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, and hope that justice will prevail. With our County leaders, Sheriff’s Office, Police and Fire Departments, we condemn racism and oppression regardless of race, class, or gender. 

As the County Superintendent of Schools, my thoughts rest with our young people and the adults that embrace them. Today, our children will seek to understand these events and questions will arise. As young people turn to adults, it is important that we listen and respond with honesty and empathy. As adults, we must teach them to peacefully stand up against injustice and inequity, acknowledging that violence is never the answer. 

As we navigate such challenging times, my hope is that we remain unified in care for one another, our young people, the most vulnerable, and for the communities in which we live.

Be well, Dr. Ed Manansala
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools