22nd June 2020
We are appalled about the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer who swore to protect him.
This shocking event, as well as the ignorant statements by white apologists and the police brutality that have followed protests, have focused our attention on this brutality and injustice. While this was an event in the US, the impact of it has been felt across the world including in the UK.
We reject the racism that persists against Black people, as well as others, every day.
The Dyspraxia Foundation has a zero tolerance towards racism against Black people as well as discrimination against people of colour, women, LGBTQ+ and other groups. We maintain our commitments to address those wrongs while racism demands our focus right now.
We acknowledge that:
Led by our new Trustee for Inclusion and Diversity, our board is taking stock of the actions that we need to take in pursuing in support of racial justice and equity.
However, we are committing to the following actions immediately:
George Floyd’s name is one of thousands; we have already squandered our indignation too many times. Think of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor — and those in the UK, Stephen Lawrence, Mark Duggan, Sean Rigg, Zahid Mubarek, Sharon Bibb to name a few.
Until we take responsibility to eliminate racism, and commit to equity and justice, the long list of names will keep growing.