Something happened in 2020 or 2021 that got your attention, and got you to our website. It could have been what caught my attention: the killing of Black persons by police in incidents that could have gone differently, could have gone better, without the death of anyone. It could be the various problems brought by Covid-19, or even the slow economic decline that you’ve noticed over the last few years, or it could be your personal reaction to the divisive politics of today.
Members of the Bandon Inclusivity Group were impacted by the deaths of Black citizens in 2020, and you can see by our quotes on this website that we responded by demonstrating on the corner of 101 and 42S. And as you know, we have chosen to go further, to create this website, to create opportunities to learn more about why those deaths happened, and to lay a foundation for change.
During this process we are learning that systemic racism is not a person or even a group of people. In the words of Ijeoma Oluo, author of “So You Want to Talk About Race”: “Systemic racism is… an economic, cultural and political system…. a collection of decisions we are making every day…. where we spend our money, how we vote, what we expect from our elected officials, what we deem as professional or unprofessional, valued or unvalued.”