Official Brothers of Color statement

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Courtesy of Brothers of Color

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We the Brothers of Color of Lincoln High School deeply mourn and grieve over the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as all the black lives that have been tragically lost due to systematic racism. We also stand and fully support their families and friends, who at these moments are not just dealing with the loss of a loved one, but also dealing with the pain and stress of being in the frontline seeking and fighting for justice on their behalf.

In this time of great unrest, it is important to remember that as a community we must continue to stay educated on the prejudice and systematic oppression that Black people face in this country and use that knowledge to critically assess the environments around us which contribute to that inequality. By constantly asking ourselves how the spaces we study, work, and live in contribute to the inequitable treatment of Black people, we can begin to deconstruct and change those systems for the better. While the actions we take right now are important, it is the constant actions we take every single day that amount to real change. These challenging times have presented us with the rare opportunity to create meaningful change in our society. Living in an equitable society is not easy to accomplish, but we want to challenge the white members and leaders in our community to still pursue one. The way you use your white privilege is a key factor in deconstructing systematic racism. We challenge you to listen to and uplift the voices of others who are not always heard, without overshadowing them. We challenge you to use your white privilege for the benefit of others and to dismantle injustices whenever they are present. We challenge you to leave white saviorism behind and stand in allyship, not because it might benefit you and your personal image, but because you undoubtedly feel that is the right thing to do. 

  We would like to provide one example of how Black students can be better served at Lincoln High School. As our new building is being built, we would like to propose the idea to make a space for a multicultural center that can be used by black students, as well as other historically underserved students and affinity groups. We will take full advantage of this space to help us plan, meet, educate, and provide a place of refuge for students of color when they most need it.

America has had a tough week. With protesters of all races filling the streets in countless cities, many young black people are left with the question, “Am I next?” With all that is going on, we want to reinforce the belief that Black stories matter, Black emotions matter, Black communities matter, Black people matter, and Black lives matter.

Abani

Hilario

Xavier

Zack

Naseem

Caleb

Kai

Javier

Justius 

Eric

Sam

Aneel

Mathew

Calum

Abdu  

Elias

Harry

Malcolm

Colton

Zhykaire

Felix

Eli

Doug

Derek

Marlon

Gabe

Sergio 

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