State Rep. David Bowen
Press Release

Rep. Bowen commends Shorewood community for discussion on race

Young people, school community show leadership amid “To Kill a Mockingbird” controversy

By - Oct 18th, 2018 01:47 pm

MILWAUKEE – Upon cancellation of a Shorewood High School production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement:

“While many in the community have strong feelings about the course taken by Shorewood School District, I am so proud of the way students have led us to stay engaged in productive conversations. This resulted in a real win by everyone reevaluating the effects of unintended consequences that could hurt those in the school community who have experiences of oppression and trauma. Adults should follow the example set by these impressive young people.

“In a tough situation like this that has a direct impact on students, it is important that their voices and wellbeing remain the center of our focus. These young people courageously shared their personal experiences while asking for the support of peers, school faculty and administration, many of whom have not experienced the same.

“The Shorewood and greater Milwaukee community should continue the conversation this situation ignited. While a difficult and uncomfortable one, the discussion this week was an important step forward. I am encouraged that the district has committed to racial equity in taking several immediate and long term steps including creating an advisory group and new lines of communication to inform future decisions and guide this important, ongoing dialogue.”

Mentioned in This Press Release

People:

Recent Press Releases by State Rep. David Bowen

Assembly Resolutions 12 and 13 Answer the Question: “How Low will Republicans Go?”

Republicans Pair Disability Accommodations with Yet Another Power Grab

Rep. Bowen Statement on Recent Acts of White Supremacist Terrorism

It Is Time We Take Concrete Steps to Protect Wisconsinites from Domestic Terrorism

Rep. Bowen Statement on Gov. Evers’ Signing of Biennial Budget

Bowen Glad Governor Evers Using Democratic Veto Power to Make a Bad Budget Work Better for Wisconsin

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us