We are heartbroken to hear about the loss of George Floyd and innumerable Black lives lost at the hands of the policing system. We stand side by side with the Black community and want to reiterate that Black Lives Matter. We encourage you to do the same, and not be bystanders in this fight. At this time, it is important to educate ourselves about the racial injustices occurring, spread awareness, and use our privileges as a power to help influence and create systematic change.
As a South Asians, our heritage stems from our ancestors who were handpicked to immigrate by this country to pursue higher education or career advancements in this land of opportunities. The racial issues we have faced is incomparable to the centuries of enslavement and oppression the Black communities have suffered. It is our duty to do our part by calling out any unfair comparisons and emphasize the change that we need to work towards.
Please see the link in our bio for a document with links on how to actively contribute to this movement. During this time, reflect on your past actions and act towards change. Showing support is more than just a post— have tough conversations with your friends, sign petitions, donate to this cause and most importantly educate yourself on the severity of this issue. uISA will also be accepting donations through Venmo (@Sriram-Satyavolu-1) until Sunday, June 7th. All proceeds will be donated to the George Floyd Memorial Fund and the Black Visions Collective.
'Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.' - Mahatma Gandhi