George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Philando Castile. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Atatiana Jefferson. Botham Jean.
As we consider these and countless other Black Americans who were victims of senseless acts of violence, hatred, and racism, we are emotionally drained. Their deaths have reminded us that racial amnesia causes those in positions of power to forget the systemic inequalities that built America. Persons of African descent have been disproportionately targeted by law enforcement and others in positions of privilege, as evidenced by racial disparities in America’s criminal justice system. The ripple effect of this injustice has made its way around the globe. Add to that the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - We can’t breathe.
We find solace in being members of The Carpentries community. Our community engages daily in the struggle to democratise data and computational skills, to redistribute power to individuals who have been marginalised, and most of all to engage in and solve problems through collaboration, equity, and access. The individuals who make up our community are the most important part of our organisation and our strongest resource.
Through our programs, we are working to positively impact the broken power structures and resource distribution that negatively impact communities of color within the United States and around the world. We are empowering diverse groups of people to work with data and code. This is wonderful, and yet, there is more we can do.
If you are in a position of privilege, we implore you to leverage that privilege to combat the systemic inequalities prevalent on a global scale, and advocate for equity and inclusivity in your own communities. If you believe in our Code of Conduct and Core Values, you are an ally.
In this moment in our history, silence is complicity. Now is the time for empathy and empowerment. We encourage you to get involved by exploring some of the resources below, and sharing your support with us via Twitter at @thecarpentries.
Mental Health Resources for Advocates & Activists
- 7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now
- Anguish and Action - Obama Foundation
- How to Cope with Feeling Unsafe in Public Spaces
Organisations Doing This Work
- The Antiracist Research & Policy Center
- Campaign Zero
- Movement for Black Lives
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- National Police Accountability Project
Social Justice & Anti-Racism Resources
- Anti-racism resources
- An Antiracist Reading List
- Taking Action in Solidarity with Minneapolis
- List of Bail Funds for Protestors
- USC’s Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege
In hope and solidarity,
Kari L. Jordan (Executive Director) and The Carpentries Core Team
Please note that opinions and views expressed in the resources linked above are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of The Carpentries.
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