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After a lengthy and stunningly frank conversation about racism in the Guilderland schools, the school board here added a full-time post for an administrator who will oversee diversity, equity, and inclusion in the district.

Marie Wiles, Superintendent of Schools, Guilderland

A handful of Rensselaerville residents requested that the town board condemn display of the Confederate battle flag, a popular conservative symbol intertwined with racism, but the resolution that will be introduced next month seems unlikely to go through. 

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The question we need to address here in Guilderland and as Americans at large is: How do we create a collective memory that is shared?

“The whole key to this is to get community involvement so that we foster that trust and fairness that I think we’re losing right now nationwide. It just opens up that dialogue so we’re all kind of on the same page, solving our problems together,” said Guilderland Police Chief Daniel McNally of the newly formed committee that will carry out the governor’s order to reform and reinvent the town’s police department.

Setting aside symbols of antagonism and looking for common ground is the best way forward.

Lisa DeGroff, Westerlo Republican, Committee Chairperson

Lee Thomas inspired the Black Lives Matter rally

About 140 people gathered for a peaceful, home-grown Black Lives Matter rally in Berne on Sunday. Most of them listened to speeches in the park pavilion while two dozen stayed near their motorcycles and pickup trucks on the edge of the parking lot — several saying they saw themselves as protectors since they view the BLM movement as destructive.

A Black Lives Matter rally planned by Berne resident Laurie Searl has drawn strong criticism on Facebook, leaving some would-be attendants worried about a counter-protest that could turn violent, as has happened both locally and across the country.

Farnsworth Middle School butterfly station

In discussing its goals, as ideas popped liked fireworks, the Guilderland School Board focused on social justice. The board plans to formalize its goals at its Aug. 11 meeting.

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