AESES’ Message on Black Lives Matter
We have all seen the news coming from the United States on the Black Lives Matter movement resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd. This important movement is being observed across the globe in a unified demonstration against racial intolerance.
Unfortunately, discrimination also resides here in Canada, and in Manitoba we are not immune to the many instances of injustice that are portrayed in the news. Calls for change are heard at the many rallies taking place in cities worldwide, including those held locally, and we are now at an inflection point where change must take place. Systemic racism must be uncovered in all areas of our society and walls must be torn down allowing every citizen the ability to reach their full potential.
I am horrified by what I have seen in the news and what people of colour, the Indigenous community, people who define themselves as LGBTQS2+, and all others in a minority group have had to endure. There is so much hurt and harm to overcome. When will it end?
Maybe the healing can begin when we commit to standing up against racism and all forms of discrimination. When we refuse to remain silent to the injustices. When we treat everyone as equal regardless of skin colour, ability, orientation, etc. When we stop the hate.
AESES stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In support of our efforts to break down barriers and encourage diversity within AESES, we have recently created a Diversity Committee and we are looking for members who are interested in joining. If you would like to volunteer to be part of this important committee please contact the AESES Office at email@example.com.