If I ever find myself in a situation where I do not understand why something is happening, I always turn to the facts. By getting a better understanding of the facts, I am able to address the issue at its root. Perhaps it is because of my work with software developers: if something is broken in the code, the root cause must be identified to fix what is broken.
As the mother of a young African American boy, the results of the jury and grand jury decisions in the cases of the late Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner and this week’s death of Walter Scott, have unsettled me. Because of these decisions, I worry about what could happen if my son were to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cards are not stacked fairly.
What can WE do as a community to invoke justice?
How can we as citizens drive change within our community and beyond? I don’t know that there is one simple answer, but what I do know is that we must work together to identify the root cause of the problem of systemic racism to bring about true and lasting change.
From April 23-26, YWCA’s nation-wide are participating in the annual Stand Against Racism™, a signature campaign designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. Stand Against Racism™ is part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.
YWCA Bergen County will be taking our Stand throughout the entire month of April. We are starting in-house with a comprehensive staff and Board diversity training session. In addition, we are holding a series of racial justice initiatives for community members of all ages. We invite you to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism.
Youth Event: Exploring Diverse Cultures
Saturday, April 18 · 9:30am-12:00pm · Liberty School, Englewood NJ
2nd Annual Racial Justice Awards
Thursday, April 23 · 6:00-8:30pm · World of Wings, Teaneck NJ
WEN is Now: The Gender and Color of Entrepreneurship in an Era of Social Reform
Wednesday, April 29 · 8:30-10:00am · YWCA Bergen County, Ridgewood NJ
Courageous Conversations – Building Multiracial Community: What Can White People Do?
Wednesday, April 29 · 6:00-8:00pm · Central Unitarian Church, Paramus NJ
Sonya Burnham-Collins, MSc
YWCA Board of Directors
Racial Justice Chair