The events of the last few weeks have put a strong spotlight on the injustice and systemic racism that plagues our society today. We are deeply saddened and troubled by the recent executions of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others due to the inequality and injustice of systemic oppression. The Oahu Intertribal Council and the Honolulu Powwow Committee stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are peacefully protesting centuries of racial injustice and discrimination. We support and believe in those who are working tirelessly to champion positive changes in our communities. As Native American peoples, we understand the social ramifications, disparities, and barriers bred by colonial legacies in our own communities. But we cannot know the depth of grief and pain other marginalized groups, in this instance, specifically Black/African American individuals experience at this time. Our organization will continue to support and encourage open dialogue about justice, racism, and human equality in all that we do. We also encourage our community members to engage and learn more by checking out the resources that follow this letter. We pray our nation will heal historical wounds by engaging in active listening and non-judgement and critical assessment of how we can each be better relatives to one another so that we may create a better future for children.
Black Lives Matter
Aho! Oahu Intertribal Council
For more resources please read:
Nothing to add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions (copy and paste link) https://robindiangelo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Nothing-to-Add-Published.pdf- (Journal of the White Privilege Conference. A program of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity & Inclusion)