Now more than ever, it is important for us to unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter.
The recent tragedies of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and so many others have underscored a fundamental truth - in this country, being black brings a presumption of guilt. Moreover, there is undoubtedly systemic racism at play. We must fight against police brutality, and against the systematic racism that has resulted in economic discrimination and criminal injustice against black communities for centuries.
As white women, it is incumbent upon us to take direct and clear action against racism and racist acts.
Our role as allies is in question if we stand by in silence - this is the time for us to create a safe space for our black brothers and sisters to tell their stories so that the experience of racism becomes everyone’s imperative to overcome.
While the pain of each life lost to racism is felt most acutely by their family, friends, and community, we too feel that pain. We embrace the discomfort in looking systemic racism in the eye and standing, hand-in-hand, with people of color. This fight can not be won by the Black community alone, so we join in, calling out for reform.
No one is free until everyone is free.
No lives matter until Black Lives Matter.
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
- Martin Niemöller