In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, with those on the front lines fighting for equity, and with our obligation as persons to be constantly and consciously anti-racist, Kappa Kappa Gamma firmly denounces the deeply rooted injustice and racism that society burdens on Black communities. Structural, institutional, systemic, interpersonal, and individual racism is responsible for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Tanisha Anderson, Natasha McKenna, Dominique Clayton, Nina Pop, and many, many other Black men, women, children, and LGBTQIA+ peoples whose names and stories deserve to be heard all the time, not just when major news media outlets decide to show them.
Although to some it may seem like recent events have newly surfaced the racist underbelly of this country, the reality of this fundamental inequity and subjugation is something that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are exposed to every day. It is wrong to say that now more than ever critical self-awareness, self-study, and intentional engagement are needed to be a good ally. Because so long as racism exists, the time to do that is always. We recognize that the onus is on us, particularly white and nonblack POC, to self educate and interrogate our positions in society and complicity in perpetuating inequity.
As a predominantly white sorority at a predominantly white college institution, we recognize our obligation to invoke change within ourselves and to be actively anti-racist, to take actions that align with our sentiments. Regarding actions, we note that silence is loud, for it does nothing to elevate the voices of those being harmed, but rather enables the oppressor. Refraining is a privilege, and in order to truly grow and effectively support we must admit our ignorance and privilege. We must center BIPOC narratives and lived experiences in discussions about antiracism. As we interrogate our positionality, we must not put the burden on BIPOC individuals to do it for us. Ultimately this is not about us, nor do we seek ‘credit’ for work against anti-Blackness and towards antiracism. It is our duty to do so as true allies, especially in a white space. We recognize the need to enact change systemically in this house, and implore other greek spaces to do the same. Initiatives we are uptaking include fundraisers to donate money to the many funds that are working for justice in the nation, self-educating, and implementing consistent open dialogues about diversity, equity, and inclusion as a norm in our space - rather than as a reaction to a particular event. We note that a demand for action against racism and inequity is imperative, and will continue to hold ourselves accountable to non-optical allyship.