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Statement of Solidarity with Black Community

Saturday, May 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nashalie Vazquez
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May 30, 2020


Statement on of Solidarity with Black Community

 

Many of us are tired and exhausted. Since the beginning of 2020, communities of color have faced additional injustices rooted in systemic racism. COVID-19 has brought about xenophobia and physical violence against the Asian/Asian-American community. We have witnessed this virus disproportionately kill members of the Black, Indigenous and Latina/o/x communities. This includes people we love. In the past month, a number of members of the Black community have been murdered under the hands of police and white supremacists. George Floyd and Tony McDade are the latest Black victims to die under police custody. These blatant forms of racism and racialized violence are taking a toll on the Black community, including our Black Hermanas.


There are no easy answers or fixes to get rid of racism. The work ahead requires a combination of strategies: organizing, protesting, voting, legislative and policy changes and more. This work cannot fall on the Black community. Non-Black people must do the work to condemn racial violence in all forms. Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., stands in solidarity with the Black community. As a Latina-based organization with a herstory that involves adopting Black Greek traditions and organizing alongside the Black community during our early years at Cornell University, we must continue to take action today. If you are wondering how to stand in solidarity with the Black community, we have provided some additional guidance below:


  • Research the history of systemic racism and White supremacy in the United States. In order to begin recognizing the role we may play in potentially upholding systems of white supremacy, it’s important for us to first understand what systemic racism is and how it has shown up throughout the history of our country. If you have already been doing this work, then push yourself to reflect on your identity and privilege and the unconscious biases that you hold. 

  • Reflect and acknowledge anti-Black sentiments. Anti-blackness exists in communities of color. Think about how you may be enforcing anti-blackness in your views and perceptions and what steps you will take to disrupt this.

  • For non-Black Hermanas, hold dialogue around anti-Blackness. When you hear loved ones, friends, or colleagues make racists or problematic comments, call them in and have a discussion around anti-blackness and violence against the Black community. We recognize this can be uncomfortable, but these conversations are essential if we want to combat racism.

  • For Non-Black Hermanas, listen to the Black people in your life. Be aware of the impact that racism has on people who identify as Black. Give them a safe space where they can let outrage, anger, sadness, fear, etc. Listen. Let them be heard. Refrain from taking up space and placing additional burdens on your Black friends or loved ones.


The National Executive Board mourns the significant loss of Black lives. Please utilize this Resource Guide for those seeking support, solidarity, and education. We encourage you all to share resources with each other.


To our Black Hermanas, we see you and we are here for you. For those of us who identify as anything other than Black, please make space for our Hermanas who are directly impacted and to all the other Black folks in your lives.


In Solidarity, 

The National Executive Board of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.


 










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