The murder of George Floyd in broad daylight must be met with accountability and justice. George was called “Big Floyd” by his close friends. He was known as a peacemaker, and a mentor to many. He was a father and a brother. The devastating truth is that George Floyd is another name on a long list of black lives that have been taken due to the trauma of racism. Starr Commonwealth’s values, mission and vision drive us to stand in solidarity with those putting their lives on the line to demand real, meaningful change to systemic racism in the United States of America. It is long overdue that ALL citizens of this country come together to demand equity. We must say loud and clear Black Lives Matter, against the pervasive message that black and brown lives are dispensable looms in our shadows.
Every single day in the United States, our citizens of color are suffering due to the disease of racism. Every. Single. Day. A father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a son or daughter is lost due to the inequity in our systems of wealth, access to housing, education, mass incarceration, and health care. These systems are intentionally designed to keep people of color from their boundless success and unlimited potential. Every single day institutionalized racism allows white supremacy to continue. Every day white citizens are turning a blind eye, making excuses, or willfully ignoring the truth about the systems that uphold their privilege.
At Starr Commonwealth, we live by the creed that no one has the right to hurt another human being, and everyone has the responsibility to help. White silence and blindness is turning away from our responsibility to help, and if we are not helping, we are hurting. In the words of Angela Davis, “It is not enough to not be racist, you must actively be anti-racist.”
Starr Commonwealth believes deeply in the oneness of the human family. Today, as we mourn the loss of yet another black life, we call to all of our human family to look deeply into your hearts and find the courage to help change the insidious systems of racism in America. As an organization we are looking into our own hearts, looking to leaders of color for wisdom, and leaning into the experiences that are different from our own. We are looking in the mirror, listening deeply, and taking every opportunity to engage in the long overdue conversation about racism. We know that in order to heal, first we must show up and feel, reach deep into our empathy, and then take action. We have been speaking and teaching and working toward healing and justice for decades and we pledge to continue our work towards a world where peace, justice, and equity are realized for our entire human family.
Our greatest power to heal is through relationship. Starr Commonwealth is committed to continuing the conversations and building connections that support people in reflecting on thoughts, feelings, and actions regarding equality, and taking action to dismantle systems of racism. To start we have linked some resources to support your understanding of the reality of racism and its impact. So please stay connected as we are actively working to create experiences that help us move towards a beloved community.
“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.