Leaders of Color Statement on Racial Justice
June 5, 2020
As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, these past few weeks have been incredibly trying. As a nation, the federal mismanagement of the response to COVID-19, and the similarly mismanaged response to the senseless murder of George Floyd have been heartbreaking, to say the very least. The America that we are living in today is broken—and has been broken for centuries, but it does not have to stay that way; and if we hope to ever become a country with ideals worth fighting for, it cannot stay that way.
For too long, we have been told that the structure of the system is impenetrable, but what I have witnessed in the past week has told me otherwise. The demonstrations of dissent throughout the country and the world indicate that we as a people are hungry for change. Together, we must follow the example of the hundreds of thousands of protestors who are knocking at the door of oppression, saying, “America, this is not who you have to be.” And if the call goes unanswered, we will break down the door.
We do this by enacting real change, now.
It’s easy to blame the President for the situation we are in—and while it certainly goes without saying that a heavy culpability rests on his shoulders, there is more than one avenue to follow that leads to progress. We must start at the local level, by supporting the city council members, mayors, and governors who not only understand the principles we value, but understand us—because they are us. We must also, and absolutely, vote. We must all vote—each and every one of us—in order to elect leaders who look like us, feel like us, and also, like us, are willing to truly fight for a more equitable future.
It’s not an understatement to say our very lives depend on it.
Leaders of Color stands by every single person who is working to see an America that doesn’t outright dismiss Black and Brown lives. And now, more than ever before, the reason for the very existence of Leaders of Color cannot be overstated. We are the future; we are change; and we will see it happen.
Whether we’re with you in the streets, kneeling on the field, or at the polls, just know—we are with you.
National Director of Leaders of Color
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