To the QueerBFF Community,
Our hearts are with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all the other victims of racial injustice. There is no place in our society for racial intolerance, discrimination, or injustice. We believe in freedom, equality, and a life with no boundaries for all - not just some.
It has been just over one week since police killed George Floyd, and the protests have not let up since. Throughout the weekend, at least 140 cities had demonstrations demanding the end of racism and police brutality, including here in San Antonio, Texas.
As a Latino, I endure racism too, but these marches and protests are not about Latino injustices. We, as Latinos, alongside our Black brothers and sisters, can stand up and help fight against the suffering that the Black community has always endured. Being silent about the violence and racism Black people experience is being complicit.
The past days and weeks have, once again, shone a spotlight on the tremendous injustices in our society. We stand in solidarity today and every day with the Black community, who are voicing their anguish, anger, and deep frustration with systems that oppress and devalue Black lives.
We are united in the belief that Black people deserve to be treated equally, fairly, and respectfully. Racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated.
We stand against police brutality in all forms.
We stand against a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets Black people.
We stand against the widespread disenfranchisement of Black communities, whose voices are silenced at the polls.
We can’t fight for small businesses, if we don’t also fight for the empowerment of Black business owners.
We can’t hire and care for our Black employees, if we don’t also protect Black lives everywhere.
We can’t be there for women employees, if we aren’t also standing up specifically for Black women.
We can’t advocate for parents, if we aren’t standing with Black mothers and fathers who fear for their children's lives.
QueerBFF was built on a belief that communities have the power to change the status quo. Change is hard-fought, and we are committed to this fight. We must stand united, because together, we are stronger. Together, we create change.
Ruben Jauregui, Jr.
Founder & CEO, QueerBFF
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