July 12, 2021
Last month the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for states to “uproot” systemic racism. YWCA South Hampton Roads completely stands by Michelle’s statement, “Systemic racism needs a systemic response. There needs to be a comprehensive rather than a piecemeal approach to dismantling systems entrenched in centuries of discrimination and violence.”
Now, as conversations begin to fade, and the hard discussion becomes fewer and further between, we need to make a conscious effort to continue the fight against institutions and systems that perpetuate racism and injustice. We can’t let issues as prevalent as racism continue to take the back burner. Our power is in our ability to speak up, be heard, and affect change in our community.
We face the fight against systemic racism daily, unafraid. We won’t stop until BIPOC are seen as we see them – Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable. Consider contributing to our programs working to eliminate systemic racism.
Find the UN’s full statement here.