To our members, our siblings of color, our friends, families and communities affected by racism and systemic injustice across the United States and around the world,
How are you doing? How are you coping? What do you need right now? We are here for you and all who are hurting.
We in the Textile Society of America stand with Black Lives Matter, and mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others who have been senselessly lost to racist police brutality. We as an organization condemn racism, oppression, and violence targeted against the Black community and other marginalized groups. Racialized injustice has been present throughout American history, and we recognize that it affects you and those that you care about. We stand with you against racism. We stand with you against police brutality. We stand for human rights for all peoples.
We will not be the same moving forward in this world, and we will need to work together, hand-in-hand. The Textile Society of America is committed to devoting our resources to the creation of a more diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization for the study and promotion of textiles. We welcome your comments and more importantly your help in striving toward this goal.
We would like to share some links to further reading and actions that TSA’s board has found helpful:
Organizations dedicated to racial justice:
SURJ has chapters across the US specifically for white people to learn and take anti-racist actions together
Reclaim the Block is a coalition to demand that Minneapolis divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives
Black leaders offering online resources/discourse/unlearning:
Anti-racism training for cultural organizations:
Studies and policy on ending police brutality:
Anti-racist book list, New York Times
We also encourage you to seek out local bail funds and mutual aid groups in your community.