We at Hope’s Door work every day to respond to and prevent violence that harms every victim and survivor of domestic violence.
As individuals and as an organization, we will also work every day to confront and prevent societal violence, much of which stems from centuries of racism and its relentless and detrimental impact on the daily lives of Black persons in our country.
We witnessed Christian Cooper’s life threatened at the hands of White privilege, simply for requesting that the rules be followed. Additionally, the senseless, inexcusable murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd serve as vivid reminders of the historical footprint of a system rooted in racialized violence, policies, and disparities. It is long past time for this system and the scourge of racism to end.
Liberty for all will only happen when each of us, but especially White people, commits to working against racism. It’s not acceptable to be colorblind. It’s not enough to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. We must recognize our own implicit bias and challenge interpersonal acts of discrimination so we can begin to erase harmful racist stereotypes, prejudices, and bigotry. We must be actively anti-racist, and committed to working together to assure safety and justice for all. We at Hope’s Door stand with our brothers and sisters, ready to do our part.