The members and officers of GMU Hillel wish to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We emphatically acknowledge that we do not have all the answers to such complex topics of racism, violence, bigotry, injustice, and hate, and therefore, we will not pretend to. We will not act as if it is our place to speak for the Black community or make decisions on its behalf.
We will fight for the rights of others because it is the right thing to do. Optical allyship only serves at the surface level, however, we are prepared to do the work necessary to actively support the Black community however we can as allies, not only today, but for the future.
Right now there are many uncertainties, but we do know that 1) we have growth to do, 2) we will continue to learn from and listen to the Black community, and 3) we will stand with the BLM movement for the long haul. It is not enough to solely acknowledge the systematic inequality and racism responsible for the deaths of Black Americans. We must act.
GMU Hillel unequivocally stands with ALL Black lives, including African American members of the LGBTQ+ community. We urge others to make donations to fundraisers and bail funds, sign petitions, and make calls demanding justice for the attacks on Black lives.
Please see this link for resources to sign petitions, donate to bail funds, educate, and much more:
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