- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Teachers at a Seattle elementary school are planning to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts in class on Friday.

Jennifer Whitney, a teacher at John Muir Elementary, came up with the idea to make the shirts that read, “Black Lives Matter, We Stand Together” with the school’s name included, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Ms. Whitney said the goal is to raise awareness about systemic racism and oppression in America’s schools and prison systems.

“It is part of the oppression, the systemic oppression that continues on,” she told NBC.

Marjorie Lamarre, who teaches third grade at John Muir, said she felt a duty to show that she cares.

“To be silent would be almost unforgivable, and I think we have been silent for almost too long,” she said.

Teacher J.R. Lorca added, “I think we are going to get some pushback from the T-shirts, but I think that is an invitation for families in the community that might not agree with us to come in and have a discussion with us.”

The Seattle Public School district appeared to support the teachers’ efforts.

“We are united in our collective commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps,” a district spokesperson told NBC.

Donations paid for the T-shirts that the teachers plan to wear Friday, they said. That same day, students will be greeted by community leaders during Friday morning drop-off, NBC reported.

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