Coney stands in grief and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and with those protesting the death of George Floyd and racist police brutality at large.
We have taken a step back this week to listen and learn from the public conversations surrounding police brutality and systemic racism. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to listen and respond with tangible actions. This statement is the beginning.
We recognise that this is a long overdue moment for our own education on systemic racism not just in the US, but here in the UK as well. The legacy of empire underpins every aspect of our society and continues to prop up pervasive systems of white supremacy.
We know there is more we can and must do in examining our own individual and organisational responsibility. We have unconscious biases to continue to unpack, and tangible changes to make. While we engage with a wide network of makers from diverse backgrounds, there is more we need to do to shift and open up opportunities for black and POC representation, especially in HQ and on our board of trustees. This is work we will do.
We’re currently having conversations with our black and POC associates and makers. We want to amplify their voices in these plans going forward, whilst being aware that the responsibility to do the work is on us. We will also open up the space for conversations with care around these topics with our Young Coneys – beginning in their next session, this weekend.
We are in the process of drafting a more detailed plan for this, which we will publish on our website in due course to ensure we can be held accountable to our collaborators and audiences. We will keep updating on our progress in the days and weeks to come.
We imagine we will make mistakes, and we will always welcome correction and feedback.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further with us, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.