Our commitment to our community goes beyond a statement and words. When tragic events grip our communities, Big Brothers Big Sisters is there. After the recent events of anti-Asian hate and violence, we must be ready to stand with and speak out against hatred, violence, and xenophobia for anyone, no matter what race, ethnicity, religion, gender, identity, or community that they represent. Our young people are watching these events play out time and again in their communities. They need us to be present, active, and engaged in creating a better community in which they will inherit. We must not stand idly by; our youth require more of us in this moment and beyond. They are watching our response and demand us to be better stewards of our actions.
We must acknowledge the interconnectedness of injustice, racism, classism, sexism, and all other forms of marginalization in our communities. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we hold space for our Asian staff, leaders, Bigs, Littles and their families that are processing grief, trauma, and fear during the recent events that took place in Atlanta and across this country.
Here’s how you can make a difference. Join local organizations that support justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work. Speak up when you see injustice. And commit to learning more about different communities, to create better understanding and appreciation of our differences.