We didn’t want to rush for optics sake. We wanted to reflect. We took #blackouttuesday as an opportunity to come together and look critically at ourselves as an organization and to begin to understand how we’ve played our part in allowing the same, unacceptable narrative of racism to permeate our country.
We haven’t done enough with our position of influence for the black community. Or for any marginalized, underserved or underrepresented population for that matter. We cannot, and will not, continue this way because we cannot, and will not, stand for this narrative any longer.
But denouncing systemic racism, oppression, and police brutality isn’t enough. We need action. Tangible next steps. So today we’ve identified additional ways, however small, to continue improving our organization and begin on a path of growth, education, and betterment. The Red Stars will build a humble space where mistakes can (and will) be made, owned, and learned from. We invite you to join us and to hold our organization and one another accountable for forward progress.
Here is where we begin:
Enough is enough. Change is mandatory. This is our first step.
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