We are outraged. We are filled with sorrow. All of us at Stage West wish to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those who have been victims of our nation’s systematic oppression of and violence towards people of color. Whether it be the countless micro-aggressions people of color encounter on a daily basis, or the very real fear that they could be the next to lose their lives, it must be acknowledged and understood that we are all responsible for the solution, for creating a world that values inclusion, diversity, and equality.
Here at Stage West, we are committed to programming that celebrates all stories from our varied human existence. Within that, we will continue to lift up the voices and stories of Black lives and of others who are regularly suppressed. Not only do we wish to better reflect the amazing diversity of our community but to also encourage the broadening of our community’s perspectives.
There is no place in our world for racism and anti-Blackness of any kind. As an organization, we are heartbroken by the continuous pain and inequality that is inflicted upon Black Lives. To our Black friends, artists, students, staffers, and colleagues:
We hear you.
We see you.
Your lives matter.
We stand with you in solidarity.
We will continue to remember George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black lives. It is past time to stand together – in peace – to ensure their lives were not lost in vain. Things. Must. Change. Until Black Lives Matter, no lives matter.
If you are able, here are some organizations that are accepting donations towards this fight:
PLACES TO DONATE:
- Team Stage West