Supermajority’s Response To The Murder of Black Americans
It is with a heavy heart that we’re reaching out to you today. We are all reeling from the news of the past few weeks — the murder of Black people in this country, the physical and rhetorical violence toward protesters, the brazen inaction from local officials, and the statement issued by the President of the United States which can only be described as a call to action for white supremacists.
Supermajority was founded on the premise that the fight for gender equality can only be successful if we work together across race, age, geography, and difference. Today presents us with an important test for that vision. This violence is not new. We are so heartbroken that this continues to happen; and yet we must continue to emphatically condemn the deadly role that racism plays in every single part of our society – from healthcare, to education, to housing, and most clearly in policing.
Our Majority Rules say that our lives must be safe. For Black people in America, this has never been true. It wasn’t true for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd. We must recommit to the necessary work of undoing and unlearning the centuries of oppression that led to their murders — changing the rules that devalue Black lives, and holding the people we elect to enforce those rules accountable.
To our Black members:
We hope you can find space for yourselves today. It’s exhausting to try and show up for the day when racist institutions continue to fail us. You are scared for your families, and we are too. You are enraged by the state of our country, and we are too. You deserve to have your humanity recognized and protected, and we agree. We know we cannot do this work alone but we also have to fortify ourselves for a fight that is long. Take care of yourselves, first and foremost. We are sending love. We are crying with you. And we are standing with you.
To our non-Black members of color:
We know this pain is all too familiar for you, too. Racism, bigotry, and xenophobia have destroyed our communities. We also hope you can find space to heal today. Anti-Blackness has worked hard to divide us. Right now we have a choice to resist that. We are standing with you to do this work.
To our white members:
We’re calling you in. Show up for Black communities in real ways. We need white people to stand up in this moment, and every time we are used as a tool for someone else’s agenda. Racism and sexism are inextricably linked. We can not achieve gender equality without dismantling white supremacy; patriarchy and white supremacy go hand in hand. It’s on white women to stop people like Amy Cooper from weaponizing their whiteness against Black communities. White women must try and help other white women understand and take action. We must not be complicit in the violence that cuts short Black lives.
This work is critical and constant. We’ve compiled a list of things that we can do today to support the activism on the ground, as well as resources that can help us individually acknowledge our own preconceived notions, biases, and lived experiences to bring about the systemic change required to end the violence.
What we can do right now
- Donate to local groups:
- Call District Attorney Mike Freeman (612) 348-5550 and ask him to charge the remaining police officers responsible for George Floyd’s murder
- Text Demands to 55156 to sign up for alerts from Color of Change
- Share this post with five friends
What we can take with us
- Watch Alicia Garza speak with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi about his book, How To Be An Antiracist
- Order at least one book from this list (and when you do, support a black-owned independent bookstore! One of our staff member’s recommends Harriett’s Bookshop or Semicolon Bookstore)
- Read about the historical and racial context of Amy Cooper’s encounter with Christian Cooper, a Black man, in New York
- More Anti-racism resources for white people
Alicia, Ai-jen, Cecile, and the Supermajority staff