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 might 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 might be all too frequent in the present day. What’s worse, we all know the homicide of George Floyd by Minneapolis law enforcement officials is a intestine-wrenching instance of systematic and devastating bias in legislation 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 typically as White folks?
Statistically, the darker your pores and skin coloration, the extra seemingly you might be to be the sufferer of police violence — and additionally to develop up poor (particularly black males); to be denied loans, promotions, and housing alternatives; to dwell in a group with polluted air and water; to lack entry to nutritious and wholesome meals; and to undergo from weight problems, kind 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart illness, and all the opposite power illnesses which might be so prevalent in the present day.
In the U.S., Black youngsters have a 500% larger demise price from bronchial asthma in comparison with White youngsters.
And now, Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at greater than 3 times the speed of White folks.
We have considered ourselves as moderately lively and educated proponents of racial justice. John had the life-reworking privilege of realizing, following, and working with, Dr. Martin Luther King within the 1960s. He has been searching for 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 nonprofit that deeply explored problems with race, class, and energy virtually daily. But now, we notice that we’ve change into, as so many White folks typically are, blinded by our privilege. We want it hadn’t taken one other horrific occasion to wake us up, and to get up so many people.
Is it attainable that we might now be at a second in historical past when some grievously overdue modifications can lastly be made to deal with the racism that’s such an unsightly stain on all of us? We hope so.
Some folks say that “all lives matter.” And in fact, it’s true. But if a home is on hearth, 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 deal with and heal the egregious injustices which might be devastating so many within the Black group.
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 folks of coloration. Recognizing the profound hyperlink between race and class, we’ve labored for presidency meals subsidy modifications that may make more healthy meals extra inexpensive; we’ve sponsored the planting of lots of of hundreds of fruit and nut bushes in low-revenue communities; we’ve offered hundreds of scholarships to make our work out there to individuals who in any other case wouldn’t be capable to afford it.
And, we all know there’s nonetheless a lot extra we will and should do.
Today we’re redoubling our efforts to be taught, to hear, and to deal with the evident 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 deliver knowledge, management, and compassion to those troubled occasions.
We’re dealing with 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 imagine that, if sufficient of us put our hearts and minds collectively, we will be taught, face the ache, deliver 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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