We Can And Must Do Better
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha remains committed to all youth, families and our community during these incredibly challenging times for our nation. Already reeling from the collective crisis of a worldwide pandemic, our country and our community are in pain, being torn apart by the senseless acts of violence in Kenosha this week and the tragic deaths of too many other Americans as a result of systemic racism and institutional bias. This accumulation of brutality leaves an indelible mark on young people, especially young people of color. At Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, we believe we have a responsibility to use our positions as supportive adults and mentors to help youth members process the world around them – especially when times are hard and our country suffers from divisiveness.
In Kenosha, and many other areas of the country, recent acts of destruction – to individuals and property – are the extreme manifestations of the inequities and injustices that too many of our young people and their families encounter on a regular basis. But we know this is a symptom of a larger problem – one that cuts across every aspect of society, including schools and other systems that serve young people and their families. As a country we should expect better and, united as one, we must do the work of dismantling systemic racism and advocating against violent protests to ultimately ensure the safety and dignity of all people.
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha stands against racism and discrimination and continues to be a catalyst for change. We stand for safety, health, dignity and equitable opportunity, and welcome partner and community input on ways we can peacefully join forces to eradicate systemic injustices for Black people and others who are victimized by such unfair practices. Our young people, especially young people of color, must be heard. They need mentorship from a trusted voice. Our Club will continue to offer an inclusive environment where youth of all races and backgrounds are encouraged to express themselves and are supported. We hear you, and promise to keep the conversation going and be an integral part of the solution.
We can and must do better to support Black people and anyone who faces racial or social injustice. We must work together to ensure the future is great for the millions of kids that are watching and counting on us.