“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin
Southern Cultures stands in solidarity with the many thousands of protesters across the South, the nation, and the world who are sickened by the brutal murders of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, only the latest in a long line of Black Americans to lose their lives at the hands of the police. Communities of conscience are calling, with unified voices, for an end to police and paramilitary violence against Black and Indigenous people and people of color, and for a true reckoning with the bitter legacies of white supremacy.
We hope this moment will bring forth radical change for good, and we express our love, gratitude, and support for Black lives, and for the many Black voices and stories that have graced, and will always grace, the pages of Southern Cultures. We will continue to listen to and learn from our communities of color, to share their knowledge, and to elevate their voices in our pages and in our leadership, collaborations, consultation, and friendship.
In the coming days, we also commit to sharing resources from BIPOC in a spirit of inquiry, critique, and truthful reflection. That spirit has guided Southern Cultures in examining our home region for the last twenty-five years and will be essential to the actions our country must take to ensure justice and end racial violence. Advancing equity and justice is our collective duty, and a choice. We must face this work together. #BlackLivesMatter