Recent occasions have been heartbreaking, and they’ve uncovered extra broadly, how pervasive and painful racism is in our world. Our hearts exit to everybody who’s hurting, to everybody who’s frightened, and significantly to the communities of coloration which can be bearing the horrible brunt of systemic racism, as they’ve been for hundreds of years.
Along with so many individuals, we really feel horror and outrage on the atrocities of police brutality which can be all too widespread in the present day. What’s worse, we all know the homicide of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops is a intestine-wrenching instance of systematic and devastating bias in regulation enforcement and the prison justice system. How can anybody with goodwill of their hearts not be abhorred that Black persons are incarcerated 5 occasions as usually as White individuals?
Statistically, the darker your pores and skin coloration, the extra doubtless you’re to be the sufferer of police violence — and additionally to develop up poor; to be denied loans, promotions, and housing alternatives; to dwell in a neighborhood with polluted air and water; to lack entry to nutritious and wholesome meals; and to endure from weight problems, sort 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart illness, Alzheimer’s, and all the opposite persistent illnesses which can be so prevalent in the present day.
In the U.S., Black youngsters have a 500% larger demise charge from bronchial asthma in comparison with White youngsters.
And now, Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at greater than thrice the speed of White individuals.
We have considered ourselves as fairly energetic and educated proponents of racial justice. John had the life-remodeling privilege of realizing, following, and working with, Dr. Martin Luther King within the 1960s. He has been in search of to hold on Dr. King’s legacy ever since. Before there was a Food Revolution Network, Ocean was the co-founder and director of a global and deliberately multicultural non-revenue that deeply explored problems with race, class, and energy nearly day-after-day. But now we notice that we’ve turn into, as so many White individuals usually are, blinded by our privilege. We want it hadn’t taken one other horrific occasion to wake us up, and to wake so many people up.
Is it attainable that we may now be at a second in historical past when some grievously overdue adjustments can lastly be made to handle the racism that’s such an unpleasant stain on all of us? We hope so.
Some individuals say that “all lives matter.” And after all, it’s true. But if a home is on fireplace, you don’t name the hearth division and say “all houses matter.” You name the hearth division to the precise home that wants pressing consideration. Today, we are saying Black Lives Matter, particularly, as a result of it’s pressing that we handle and heal the egregious injustices which can be devastating so many within the Black neighborhood.
At Food Revolution Network, our mission has lengthy been wholesome, moral, and sustainable meals for all. Since we based FRN in 2012, we’ve advocated for higher therapy of restaurant, farm, and meals system employees, who’re disproportionately individuals of coloration. Recognizing the profound hyperlink between race and class, we’ve labored for presidency meals subsidy adjustments that might make more healthy meals extra reasonably priced; we’ve sponsored the planting of a whole bunch of hundreds of fruit and nut timber in low-earnings communities; we’ve supplied hundreds of scholarships to make our work accessible to individuals who in any other case wouldn’t have the ability to afford it.
And, we all know there may be nonetheless a lot extra we will and should do.
Today we’re redoubling our efforts to study, to hear, and to handle the obtrusive inequities which have existed for much too lengthy in meals, well being, and alternative.
In the times, weeks, and months to come back, we is not going to solely be speaking extra boldly about these disparities but in addition offering sources for constructive motion. You’ll additionally see us highlighting and amplifying the voices of individuals of coloration who convey knowledge, management, and compassion to those troubled occasions.
We’re going through some difficult — and for many individuals — devastating realities. And we’re humbled and grateful to have the ability to stroll this journey with you. We consider that, if sufficient of us put our hearts and minds collectively, we will study, face the ache, convey love the place it’s wanted, and do one thing significant to assist.
Yours in hope, prayer, and motion for a greater world,
— John Robbins and Ocean Robbins, Co-founders
Food Revolution Network
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