The US SNDdeN Anti-Racism Team for over 20 years has worked against systemic racism and for policies and actions that will move us toward a just society for people of all races. We firmly believe that now is a defining moment, an inflection point in our history. It is a time when all of us must say loudly and clearly that racism and white privilege are intolerable and unacceptable.
In the US, there has been a disproportionate number of people of color who are unemployed, uninsured, dying from Covid-19 and the murdering of black and brown citizens. The long history of racism in the US continues to manifest its sinfulness in coordinated, intentional and deliberate efforts to dehumanize human beings we have been taught to fear.
We urge sisters, associates, colleagues, friends and neighbors and all people in the United States to be in solidarity with the people of our cities, suburbs and rural areas in all fifty states who are demanding that justice and accountability go hand in hand and that the killing of any human being is reprehensible.
What can we do at this critical moment?
Reflect upon and share your thoughts concerning police violence being inflicted upon black and brown men, women and children.
Have honest conversations with one another around racism and white privilege
Ask what is disturbing your comfort zone in terms of race and racial justice.
Consider what needs to shift or be transformed within you.
Make an effort to learn about the issues of police violence, mass incarceration, disparities in health care, education, employment and the long-standing violation of human rights and the effects on black and brown communities.
Consider specific action steps you can take to address these issues in your own life as well as in your communities and at the state and national levels.
Let us not be silent. Let us join together to say loudly and clearly that racism and white privilege are intolerable and unacceptable.
The US Anti-Racism Team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur