Rebound, Alternatives for Youth is saddened by the death of George Floyd and countless other members of the Black community at the hands of law enforcement and those who should be committed to protecting and serving our communities.
2020 is proving to be a year of unprecedented challenges for millions of Black and Brown people. From the perplexities of COVID-19 to the swath of social and racial injustice plaguing the United States, communities of color are facing what seems to be insurmountable trials and tribulations.
While education is widely known as the great equalizer in society, systemic racism persists and continues to run rampant in America. We acknowledge the great strides of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, however, to penetrate the subtle, and in other cases, sophisticated nature of implicit racism, WE ALL MUST DO MORE.
Rebound helps to combat these systemic inequities by providing the youth of Durham with alternative programming to encourage them to remain focused on their potential and strengths, in an effort to remain successfully engaged with their schools and communities. We are doing great things but, WE ALL MUST DO MORE.
Where do we go from here? In order to be effective and fight the systemic notions of racism that exist within organizations and individuals alike we must reverse the centuries of unfair treatment against black and brown people in this country. Along with the obliteration of racist policies, we must have swift action to implement anti-racist policies and procedures in all sectors of society. One way that Rebound is ensuring that we lean into our mission and values is by ensuring that our Board of Directors represents all communities of Durham. Still, WE ALL MUST DO MORE.
To everyone rallying and grieving in Durham we see you, we hear you, we grieve with you, we stand with you and we will fight with you. Our ask is that you find a place to turn your grief into systematic change. Remain actively involved in community engagement, vote, stay focused on healing our community, and reducing the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear a mask, follow social distancing guidelines, and being diligent about testing, WE ALL MUST DO MORE.
To every individual who carries the torch in nonprofit work, the same accountability undoubtedly rests with us. Fighting the good fight means being actively engaged in seeking justice, fairness, and equity for every individual. For those underserved and underrepresented populations (and many others) that are most susceptible to the perils of inequality, WE ALL MUST DO MORE.