A Message from the Hispanic Alliance Board of Directors and Staff
These past days have been heavy with outrage, anger, sadness, and feelings oscillating between anguish and hope. Our board, network, and staff – our entire family – mourns the death of George Floyd and the loss of too many unnamed precious lives, and we stand ready to serve humbly, courageously, and steadily alongside the Black community. We are having candid dialogue about ways to support our Black brothers and sisters in ending the senseless killing of Black people and the structural racism that we have tolerated for way too long.
Even as Hispanic communities across our nation have experienced the pain of exclusion and discrimination, many of us will never fully know the depth of suffering that 400 years of oppression inflict on a human being and an entire community. The Hispanic Alliance is blessed with the richness of diversity at all levels of our organization, which encompasses many backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and life experiences. And, we fully acknowledge that our ability to convene and to lift our voices has been made possible by the selfless work and indescribable sacrifices of generations of Black leaders who have fought for our right to belong, to express ourselves freely, and to pursue our dreams. Many in our network are new Americans who have benefited from the path towards equality built by them, and we are committed to join our voices in unison to demand justice and equity for Black people in our nation.
It is clear that a single statement or a single action is not enough. Therefore, we are engaging in conversation with Black leaders to find ways to help and be of service to them in the short term and effective allies over the long run.
We also want to ask each of you to, not only stand in solidarity with the pain of our Black neighbors, but commit to joining their journey of reform and reconciliation as partners. In the coming week, Hispanic Alliance will publish resources that can act as a roadmap for that journey to transform ourselves into stronger allies for the Black community, and activities and events to support anti-racism movements.
Most importantly, we, in collaboration with many, will publish a promise from the wider community to the Black community, backed by public accountability. We will be inviting you to read and sign this commitment to personal and institutional action towards a future without racial oppression and violence. Real change is necessary. Real change comes when words are embodied through action. Real change cannot wait. Let's resolve to act together today.
The Hispanic Alliance family