Center Statement: Standing Up to Racism in America
August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017
We at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, like so many around the country and the world, were disgusted by the display of violence and hate in Charlottesville, Virginia. We share with millions in anger, outrage, and condemnation at the overt display of racism by white supremacists.
These events lay quite bare the inherent racism and discrimination that have existed in our systems – in our schools, housing policies, transportation infrastructure, zoning, labor laws, public assistance programs, health systems, and beyond. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and many other forms of oppression have been instilled so deeply in our culture, policies, and laws.
Our work and research at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities shows us the health impacts of hunger, the discrimination in our housing policies, and the trauma that our systems create. Economic mobility and access to opportunity cannot exist for so many when systems are built upon oppression.
We must stand up, call out injustice where we see it, and work to dismantle systems that continue this oppressive cycle. We call on our legislators not only to condemn white supremacists and all forms of injustice today, but also to fight against policies that keep systemic racism in place every day. Policies like voter suppression, cutting the safety net, dismantling health care, mass incarceration, and so many others keep our country from the greatness it promises so many but fails to deliver. We urge policy makers to be inclusive in changing those policies, partnering with and listening to people who are too often pushed aside and dismissed. True change only comes by working together and learning from each other.
Our community must come together, speak out in compassion and care, and stand up. We encourage you to care for yourselves and one another, and to fight for the safety and health of all people – especially those that our country continues to mistreat and threaten.
We stand together – and hope you will join us – in love and solidarity to root out all forms of oppression and discrimination, and to build a future of liberation and justice.