The systemic racism of America, aided by generations of silence, can no longer be left in the shadows of inaction. The past weeks have seen horrific, senseless murders which are reminders of the long history of trauma inflicted on Black people. New York Stage and Film honors the lives and memories of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. And we hold in our hearts the loss of other Black lives, those remembered by history and the countless many never recorded.
As we listen to the voices of protests throughout America, we are reminded of the urgent need for change. We are a company dedicated to the strength of process, to the ability of a community to come together and make new stories. This is a moment when we are all called to be part of the process to change the story. To do that, we must acknowledge our place in the narrative. We must recognize the legacy of white-supremacy in America and search for it in our own practices. It isn't comfortable to admit a silent complicity in oppressive systems - but where we are complicit we must. Until we do, how can we hope for a better world?
Through our work, we are committed to speaking loudly. There is no place for anti-Blackness or racism anywhere. But saying that is not enough. We must take responsibility for dismantling practices that perpetuate oppression. We must continue to listen, educate and develop ourselves and New York Stage and Film. We must ensure our actions reflect this commitment. And we must hold ourselves accountable.
We urge our colleague-institutions and individuals to join with us and stand in solidarity with the Black community - to take direct actions and engage in activism that make us a greater force of change however that may manifest. We have included a list of some educational tools, places to donate, and guides for activism.
Black Lives Matter.