George Floyd and BLM: Statement of Solidarity
A statement of solidarity from the Developing Together Social Work Teaching Partnership following the death of George Floyd:
Like you, we were saddened to learn of the death of George Floyd and witness the subsequent shocking events in the USA. Understandably, this has caused anger and distress around the world.
We are encouraged by the voice of the nation and the people around the world holding peaceful protests to ensure that the voices of black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are heard. These protests demonstrate that the need for change is being supported on a truly global scale.
These events have highlighted to the world the injustice and racism that persist in today’s society, both covertly and overtly, and as a Partnership we condemn the inequality and institutional racism that has led to these circumstances.
As social work professionals, tackling inequality is at the heart of what we do, and our Partnership has a responsibility to learn from each other’s strengths and shortcomings in order to develop a more fair and just society for those we serve.
It is up to us, by committing to listening and acting, to work to address disadvantage and prejudice in all its forms – we pledge to do better.
Black Lives Matter