|Ganas community stands with
Black Lives Matter
What does it mean to stand with Black Lives Matter as an intentional community composed mainly of white people, who are each at different places in our understanding and approach to solving the problem of racism?
While our community has been dedicated to finding what is valuable in each person, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, etc, it wasn’t until recently that we realized the need to relate to race as a separate issue. By not relating to race, we unconsciously reinforced systemic racism in our community structure. By not relating to our own racism, we have been ill-equipped to respond to racist incidents brought before the community by members who are people of color .
We believe that every person in this society has been conditioned
with racist attitudes, which implies that it is not possible to completely
prevent incidents of bias and disrespect, particularly unconscious or
So what does it mean for Ganas community to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement?
It means we recognize the long standing historic and systemic oppression of black people.
It means that we are willing to have the difficult discussions about racism in our community.
It means that we will listen up when someone brings injustice within our community to our attention..
It means that going forward the leadership of Ganas community makes the following commitments:
We recognize we have a long way to go, but now is not a moment to stay neutral – these injustices have gone on too long. Ganas community stands with Black Lives Matter..