Philando Castile knew every name of the 500 children he served breakfast and lunch to every day. He knew their food preferences and food allergies. Parents and coworkers described him as kind and patient to the kids he provided for every day at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Minnesota.
But the police didn’t see an educator or a mentor when they pulled him over on that Wednesday evening and shot him to death. So let the bullet that pierced Philando’s heart also pierce through the mirage that somehow institutional racism is a thing of the past.
But when we say Black Lives Matter we don’t just mean we don’t want to get shot down by unaccountable police with impunity.
We know that for black lives to matter, black education has to matter too.