Bryn Mawr Launches Racial Justice Work
There has been widespread reaction to the murder of George Floyd. The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) acted by creating an initiative to address issues of racial justice highlighted by George Floyd’s death. The newly-formed Racial Justice Committee embraces the following vision:
Racial Justice Committee Statement
The death of George Floyd has shaken the Bryn Mawr community. We grieve with our city and the world.
We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and so many others. We unequivocally state that Black lives matter. We commit ourselves to actions that will change the systems that have hurt Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) in our country and in our neighborhood.
We will not allow the realities of racism to remain alive and active in ourselves and our community. We will be critical of actions we take in Bryn Mawr and consciously promote racial equity.
We are aware that we are historically and currently, a predominantly white community inhabiting Dakota land. While Bryn Mawr has many members, both white and BIPOC, committed to dismantling racism, we now see how much more we need to do.
Although we feel grief and frustration at this moment, it is nothing compared to the trauma of the communities whose loved ones have been killed and terrorized through police brutality and who have been most harmed by the systemic racism that pervades our cities, schools, justice systems and health care institutions.
We will listen to BIPOC communities. We will talk with one another. Your ideas and involvement are welcome as we walk these days together. We ask you to join us.
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