Since the tragic death of George Floyd, acts of racial injustice and inequity have been a topic of conversation across the country. Coronado is no exception, and a group of Coronado students, parents, and community members have taken matters into their own hands.
InclusioNado is a new non-political, non-religious organization dedicated to creating a safe place for Black/indigenous/people of color and LGBTQ+ students in Coronado.
InclusioNado is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization, “We are not saying that only black lives matter,” said InclusioNado spokesperson Donna Manning. “We know and believe that all lives matter, we just need the community’s help to focus on our black students and children of color, who are currently experiencing racial injustice in our school district and community.”
InclusioNado explained, “For years, Coronado parents of Black students and children of color have been sounding alarms about racist behavior directed against their children at school, coming from other students, and teachers.”
InclusioNado said, “Our mission is to partner with the Coronado Unified School District to create a diverse and inclusive culture so that every student feels valued and all students are prepared for life outside of Coronado.”
On their website, people can anonymously share their experiences and get support on how to report hate-based incidents. They currently provide a number of education/support resources for those who are interested, and are working on expanding these resources further.
The group’s numbers are growing every day. On their website, InclusioNado.org, they are offering lawn signs that read, “Diversity Matters Here” and they’ve already delivered over 100 of them. They said, “We are grateful for the enormous support that the community is showing.”
InclusioNado explained that it’s especially important for communities like Coronado to have an organization like theirs to provide a safe space for minority students and families that don’t have as much of a voice in their communities as their white counterparts might. They said, “The school district is primarily composed of white students and faculty, and episodes of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance towards students of color are easily and too often ignored.” (According to data from census.gov, in 2019 Coronado was 86.7% white.)
Moving forward, InclusioNado said, “We want to be part of creating a community that is supportive of differences, where racial slurs are acted upon immediately, and an improved learning curriculum that explores racial/ethnic diversity and social justice issues is available to better prepare our students for the world they will be living in.”
InclusioNado will continue to listen to people’s stories and actively work to make Coronado a safer, and more inclusive place for marginalized communities. If you want to share your story with InclusioNado, or are interested in more information on their project, please contact them at: InclusioNado.org.
Due to the fact that InclusioNado is a newly formed organization, they requested to respond to questions as a group.