As we reckon with our collective failure, as a nation, to stand up for our communities, and more specifically the Black community, we must acknowledge that our actions or lack thereof are not innocuous. Our silence is not innocuous. Our failure to keep these concepts at the forefront of our commitment to our community, our clients, and as engines of meaningful social change in the restructuring of systemic wrongs has led us to this moment in time. Yet again.
The deaths of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade (just to name a few), as a consequence of police brutality and our country's images of the inhumanity of Blackness is not new. Further, the recent spate of 4 Black Men found hanging dead from trees all being considered separate acts of suicide are remnants of an era not too long ago regarded as open acts of "justice." Hangings of Black dead bodies like "strange fruit" is an act as old as this nation's history.
Though nothing compares to the visceral reaction of watching a Black life taken...slowly, methodically and intentionally in front of our eyes, to pretend this is a new problem or concept in how our society regulates Black America would be disingenuous.
Being agents of social change, uplifting the community and "bending the moral arc of justice" are all things we strive to do...and as such, we must show up! As an organization we vow to show up! As we seek to unleash the potential of communities to thrive, no matter the odds, we will stay committed to showing up!
As a community we are united with you in thought, prayer, love, joy, hope, sadness and grief.