We at DCAFS want to acknowledge the significant events that have taken place over the last few days in the United States and Canada related to Anti-Black Racism. They have been devastating on so many accounts.
As an agency, we have refocused ourselves on our equity journey over the past few months. To all those who have been committed partners in this process – thank you. Clearly we have a long way to go in society as it relates to deconstructing racism and interrupting the status quo. At DCAFS, we talk about the importance of being an ally, and about the notion of ally as a verb – meaning it is action oriented. Standing by in silent support isn’t enough. As Executive Director, I remain committed to moving forward with equity work in our organization, and understand this to require reflective practices at all levels of our organization. It will require courageous conversations, along with a great deal of humility as we learn and grow. And we have a lot of growing to do still – individually; organizationally; systemically; and as a community.
Please feel welcome to reach out to supports as you process the lethality and subsequent unrest of the last few days. Please feel welcome to reach out for support as you process this with your children/youth. And if you do have the unearned privilege of having white skin, please take the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to being an ally, for in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. – “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.
Jennifer Moore – Executive Director