The attacks on our African American community over the past several months have been horrific, heartbreaking, and unrelenting – but even worse, it is the reality that people of color have endured for generations. It is not new. It is not isolated. The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police violence and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery are the evidence of oppression that is widespread and systemic.
The likelihood of being a victim of violence because you are a person of color and identify as LGBTQ, in particular Black transgender women, is staggeringly high. At least a dozen transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered so far this year.
It has been going on far too long and the response we are seeing is far overdue.
Equity and inclusion are a core part of our mission. What we’ve seen recently, unfortunately, confirms that we have a long, long way to go. It confirms that we as a people have not been nearly urgent enough.
But we have an opportunity to ensure that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others were not in vain. We can honor their memories by fighting to change the systems and the culture that led to their deaths. It begins with a pledge.
We pledge to be part of the solution. We are working hand-in-hand with community organizations to meet the immediate needs of populations most impacted by racism, injustice, and inequity, as well as working with community leaders on systemic solutions. We are providing resources to organizations that are addressing the injustices and inequities that exist in education, employment, and health care. Through our Springmatter Fund, which was created with this mission in mind, we are redoubling our efforts.
There is a lot of healing that needs to be done. It starts with listening. Many are suffering from the trauma of the past few months. The violence and abuse of power not only creates fear, but a hopelessness about the future – especially among our young people. We are dedicated to providing safe and inclusive spaces and helping to replace fear and uncertainty with hope.
Black Lives Matter and black lives are at stake. We are committed to help bring lasting change and working with you to create a more just and equitable world.