STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
Social Justice Leadership, Black Student Union, Associated Student Body, and Campus Ministry Team of Moreau Catholic High School stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We strive to bring hope to our Moreau Catholic family and community by serving as a united front and actively denouncing and attempting to dismantle & reform the racial inequities that plague this community, and our country. We wish to pay homage to all of the lives lost, so that they will not have been lost in vain. We will use our platform to inspire as much change as possible, and support fellow students in taking action to dismantle white supremacy and demand justice for the lives of all those taken due to police brutality and racial injustice.
Our voices are important in this movement. Your voices are important in this movement. We are louder and stronger together. As the Moreau Catholic community, it is pivotal that we all stand against the unjust system in place today, and use our voices to achieve the reform that is needed in this society. We cannot let the loss of the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Steven Taylor, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, and countless other victims, known and unknown, be for naught. Now, more than ever before, we all need to recognize that this is not a time to stay silent, but to let our voices be heard when calling out the injustices that have claimed many Black and other POC lives. We commit ourselves to providing courses of action and standing in solidarity with not only our fellow Black students but communities all across the nation. The issue at hand isn’t a political one, it’s a matter of basic human rights.
The Black community has been at the forefront of many historical movements that ultimately improved the ways of life for other minorities in America. Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender activist, was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots, which acted as a catalyst for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in this country. We must recognize the numerous influences that the Black community has on various aspects of our culture, and in appreciating their contributions, we must continuously advocate for them, and act as strong allies. We, as allies, cannot reap the benefits of black culture without being readily willing to fight against the injustice that they face on a day to day basis. The achievement of justice is contingent on all of us joining the cause and utilizing our voices in order for others to be heard. The conversation has to start at home, amongst families. Do not be afraid to speak up and inform your peers, friends, and family members. Do not be afraid to educate yourself, and expand your scope on race related issues. Do not be afraid to reform your opinions once presented with new information. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
CALL TO ACTION
To all Moreau Catholic allies of the Black community, we call on you to actively advocate and demand justice for our disenfranchised brothers and sisters. We encourage all Mariners to use your talents and capabilities to ensure that justice is served to those who committed these deplorable acts. Within institutions such as police departments and court systems, anti-Blackness is a prevalent yet rarely spoken upon issue. As a community, we must use our voices to demand state legislators to address the faults in these institutions that repeatedly fail Black people everywhere. Our generation has the power to change the world.
For those wanting, but not knowing where to begin in order to support the Black community, we have compiled a list of resources that you all can utilize in educating yourself, a list of petitions you can sign, and other actions we can all take moving forward. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama.
Here are some things we can do to take action and educate ourselves:
- Pre-Register to vote. Voting in presidential elections is important, but we often overlook the importance of voting for elected officials in our own communities. This includes congressional, state, and local government. Local governments address issues that will directly affect our communities.
- Use your platform. Educate yourself and others. Be knowledgeable. Spread awareness.
- Coach Frank Knight recently said at a protest that some things that you can do are:
- Speak Out
- Stand in Front of Us
- Use your Platform
- FAQ For Those Who Don’t Understand Black Lives Matter
- Change.org Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition
- Justice for Breonna
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery Petition
- How the Prison System Disproportionately Affects Minorities
- Black Revolutionary Texts
- Letter to Support Black Lives Matter in California
- Racism and Anti-Blackness
- Shows and Movies to Watch in Hopes to Educate:
- Books to consider reading: Check the Moreau Catholic LLC to read books online. Ms. Simons prepared a collection of books on the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, and racism in the United States. Contact Ms. Simons (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Some of these books include:
- Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Things that Make White People Uncomfortable by Dave Zirin, Michael Bennett, and Mike Kanellis