The murder of George Floyd is both unbearable to watch and overwhelming when you add up all the names and look back back at the entire history. What can one person do?
Some of us are old enough to have seen on television the Rodney King beating of March 3, 1991, which at the time was captured by amateur videographer George Holliday on his camcorder from his apartment. That was before the web was born circa 1994. As technology evolved, cheaper and more accessible means to document abuse and violence allowed anyone to capture and publish racial violence with a combination of tools like Twitter, Facebook Live and smartphones equipped with cameras.
Racial violence and discrimination however have always been part of the American landscape, only now it is becoming widely exposed and the evidence is overwhelming throughout society and all aspects of life. It goes beyond excessive use of police force: because of the color of your skin you are less likely to access a good education, more likely to be victim of illnesses related to poverty and bad medical care, more likely to have someone call the police because you look “suspicious”.
We stand in solidarity with Black, Brown and Indigenous people whether of African, Asian, Latino/a, or other descent who have endured so much for so long whether ancestors were brought in as slaves, whether their land was taken over or whether they came to build a better future for their families, often to escape violence. We pledge to not be bystanders if we witness racism, we pledge to work for peace and for a shift to a more just and equitable society for all ethnic and racial backgrounds..
As a small local organization we believe in the power of “local” and will do everything possible to help make our City of Cambridge a safe place to live or visit for people of color, a place where awareness of racism – and how it affects so many – happens .
We believe in a society that honors, celebrates, and values everyone regardless of their skin color.