Ending racism is a big goal, but it starts with an ongoing commitment to learn about and develop tools and skills to combat overt and systemic racism. Racism exists in our minds and our actions and so there needs to be an ongoing commitment to combat racism and continue taking action.
The actions you can take against racism can start at reposting a video or sharing a set of infographics, but they should not end there. These are all important, but actions need to extend beyond just that. Actions must extend further to allow for long-lasting changes in the choices you make and the conversations you have within your local community. It starts here, so let’s talk about racism, Edmonton - What are you gonna do about it?
As a QTBIPOC+ organization, we are working to build space for QTBIPOC+ expression in Edmonton by increasing visibility through our online community calendar, building Edmonton’s first QTBIPOC+ community archive, and creating resources to communicate needs regarding safety, inclusion, and accessibility of events and spaces in Edmonton.
While we, as The Hue, are carving out the space(s) that our community needs, it is crucial that we and other local QTBIPOC, Black, and Indigenous groups and organizations are not the only one’s doing this work. Which is why we’re calling on you, our friends and neighbours here in Edmonton, to share what you are gonna do to combat racism.
In the history of the world as we know it there were centuries during which art, culture, food, and more have been taken from Indigenous peoples across the world and watered down through a eurocentric lens and re-packaged as European creations. White people have profited off of the labour, knowledge, and art of Black & Indigenous peoples for centuries. If we want to create a better future for ourselves and for future generations, we need to acknowledge this fundamental truth of our histories and do something about it. Making a deliberate choice to do something about it starts with you and the communities that you are a part of.
We are in a very interesting time in the world when community gatherings and artistic performances as we know them are no longer a reality. This is an opportunity to reflect and take the time to to start building a better future for our QTBIPOC+ communities here in Edmonton and beyond.
The following posts on our page @TheHueYeg feature a series of prompts to respond to. We encourage you to take the time to reflect as an individual, as an artist, as a business, as a venue, and any combination of those categories that are applicable to you, and ask yourself what are you gonna do about it? The prompts are intended to serve as a starting point for reflection. We would love to hear your unique ideas about how you are committing to combat overt and systemic racism in your day-to-day life and within our local communities.
There are two different ways to sign the pledge to show and share your commitments to combating racism.