Anti-racism proclamation for White allies
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Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Black America. As such, we live in a society which has demonstrated time and time again that the lives of White America bear more value than ours.
Our individual and collective demands that we be treated as equal human beings under the law, and our insistence that White Americans are not inherently entitled to more rights have fallen on deaf ears. We are accused of racism amid our attempts to eradicate it. We are told not to kneel or disrespect the American flag and we are expected to declare our undying loyalty to this country, but we are of the opinion that 401 years of service should speak for itself.
We have endured enslavement, Jim Crow laws, public lynching, and the perils of systematic racism. We live with a perpetual foot on our neck because our lives continue to be expendable.
This month, yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, was murdered at the hands of the police while indifferent officers and helpless bystanders watched what was a modern-day public lynching. He joins Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Oscar Grant, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who throughout the decades who have lost their lives because of the racist cancer that plagues this nation. How many times has Blackness been weaponized by White America because of fear, hatred, and prejudice?
We are constantly counting the cost of speaking out and speaking up, putting our lives and livelihood on the line with every public outcry. White America it is time that you do something. We are calling on our White Allies to stand with and for their Black brothers and sisters. We need you to declare with us, “not one more” and that “we are done dying” at the hands of white supremacists and those that would protect them.
We need you to hold our legislators, politicians, law enforcement, justice system, educators and all those who hold and exercise power accountable. They need to know that “We the People” have spoken and we will no longer tolerate the oppression of Black Americans.
Many of you have worshipped and prayed with us, shed tears, and mourned with us, and asked how you could be of service. We ask that you lend your name and reputation to the attached.
Beverly Mills, Pennington Borough, NJ
Sharon Elaine Buck, Hopewell Borough, NJ
Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, Hopewell Township, NJ
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
New Jersey, USA
ANTI- RACISM PROCLAMATION
May 29, 2020
WHEREAS, As White Americans and allies, we are of the opinion that the lives of Black Americans hold inherent value and worth, that their dreams, futures, culture, art, businesses, wisdom and fortitude contribute immeasurably to the fabric of our nation.
WHEREAS, We acknowledge the work Black Americans have been engaged in to assert their rights and dismantle the inherently racist systems in which we operate at tremendous personal cost.
WHEREAS, We the people, see and acknowledge the hyper-policing, infringement of civil liberties and systematic oppression that have plagued Black Americans for generations.
WHEREAS, We denounce the countless murders of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement and white supremacists with the understanding that these two things are not mutually exclusive.
WHEREAS, We acknowledge that Black Trauma is real and the byproduct of a society that was created to protect and bolster the institution of slavery which arguably still exists in our deeply broken criminal justice system.
WHEREAS, We hold our legislators, politicians, law enforcement, justice system, educators and all those who hold and exercise power accountable to these truths.
WHEREAS, We acknowledge that if we choose not to be part of the solution, we are inevitably part of the problem.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT we will work to eradicate a culture that perpetuates these heinous acts and fosters the continued oppression of a people, we will further educate ourselves about the many ways in which racism is woven into our culture, we will not be bystanders, but rather will speak up in the face of racism and hate, we will physically, emotionally and financially support organizations and initiatives that operate within these truths, we will educate our families, friends and acquaintances surrounding these truths, we will patronize and support Black businesses, we will demand a better fairer future for our Black brothers and sisters and we will lend our names and reputations to this fight.
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