Black Lives Matter
Bailadores de Bronce’s anti-racist action plan
Bailadores de Bronce stands in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement. As repeated injustices continue to harm the Black community, we condemn the centuries of violence and discrimination perpetrated against Black lives.
We mourn the deaths of Manuel Ellis, Rashard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others who have been killed, denied justice, and pushed out of systems due to institutionalized racism. Bronce protests anti-black racism at all levels—structural, institutional, cultural, and individual—that dehumanizes Black people and restricts their opportunities for careers, health, and wealth. Our solidarity extends to another crisis in our society—members of the Black community are suffering disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic, another example of long-term systemic racism and oppression in societal institutions.
Standing in solidarity is important, but it is not enough. We must also take action. Bronce’s roots are in the Chicano and Civil Rights Movements and we have a responsibility to work with our community to address anti-blackness. Bailadores de Bronce, a Mexican folkloric dance group, is an anti-racist organization dedicated to creating safe spaces for people to express themselves without fear. We will continue this work as we hold each other accountable and take action to create meaningful change.
- As a Mexican arts and culture organization, we are reaching out to Black arts and culture organizations to see how we could support them—not just for the moment—but in longer-term relationships.
- As a Mexican-American ethnic community, we are exploring racism within our own community. We know anti-black racism exists, we hear it in our media, in our families, in our communities. We are reaching out to influential community organizations to see if we can arrange a town hall to invite our community to discuss these issues, and how we could combat them.
- The broader Latino ethnic community is multi-racial—black, brown, mixed-race (mestizo), and white people. We are exploring how we might increase inclusion and belonging within our own group.
WAYS YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AND SUPPORT THE BLACK COMMUNITY
- Read: 5 Steps Latinos Can Take to Combat Anti-Blackness
- Donate: Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
- Support: Black-owned businesses
- Register to vote: King County | Washington State
SUPPORT BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS