Here we are – again. Heartbroken. Appalled. Overwhelmed. Words cannot really capture this moment in time, but we offer them nonetheless.
To Jacob Blake and his loved ones: all of us at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin grieve with you and hold you in our hearts.
To the entire Kenosha community: we support your right to insist on a safe community for everyone.
To the Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers: thank you for drawing attention to the truth – that we as a nation cannot turn a blind eye to the reality of racism and its painful burdens.
And a special shout out to Julia Jackson, mother of Jacob Blake: we hold you up and pledge to stand with you as you call us all to “work together to show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other.”
At YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, we hold racial justice as a fundamental value. We do not sit idle and silent while our beloved brothers, sisters and neighbors are subjected to the realities of racist structures and systems that many of us who are white do not even see even as our neighbors of color must survive them. These realities are at odds with a world of equity and human decency.
Together, we have the power to change that reality if we commit ourselves to the work of racial justice. Some of this work will be visible and much of it will not be as it must happen at our own kitchen tables, in our workplaces – wherever our spheres of influence are.
If we are to move forward, we must stop and reflect (even here at YWCA SEW). And, we must be painfully honest. We must act. It will be messy. So be it. Human decency demands that we work together.
Onward in solidarity,
President & CEO