WE STAND AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM
White Bird mourns the passing of John Lewis. May his words in The New York Times ring clear and loud throughout our country and around the world.
"When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war." Read the entire piece HERE.
Rep. John Lewis
We at White Bird are horrified at the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and, most recently, the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. We also mourn the tragic deaths of other individuals of color who have lost their lives because of acts of racism and injustice. These include Ahmaud Abery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY in 2014, and countless others.
We extend our deepest condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones due to racism, profiling, white supremacy and all forms of prejudice and hatred. These are unfortunately not new occurrences. They have been happening regularly around the country but not always with a hashtag to get our attention. But as COVID-19 has taught us, our shared humanity is stronger than anything that tries to turn us against each other.
We all have a part to play in fighting systemic racism, creating social change and embracing hope. White Bird is forever committed to fostering a community that not only represents a diverse range of individuals, but also gives equal access and value to voices of color.
As reflected in White Bird’s Equity Commitment, we, as presenters of the world’s best dance, will continue to dedicate ourselves to the transformative power of movement and its capability to uplift, inspire and unite. Over our 23 years and into the future, we are intensely proud to bring artists of all races to Portland’s stages.
Co-Founders Walter Jaffe & Paul King with the White Bird board and staff
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