As the nation continues to reel from the hurt and grief brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic and the acts of racial injustice, our hearts are heavy at the news of the mass shooting this week in Atlanta and by the skyrocketing surge in brutal, xenophobic and racist attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country. While our hearts are heavy, our spirits are unwavering in condemning these hateful actions and demanding justice.
We must work together to address the linked struggle with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community for racial justice. Just as we have tried to create at the Portland Chaos Volleyball Club, we call on leaders to hold their organizations accountable in creating an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging and prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. We call on our members, colleagues, friends and neighbors to become active bystanders by addressing jokes, slurs, and comments that perpetuate racial inequities.
There are many communities hurting right now. We see and hear you. We love and support you. You belong. We belong. We will get through this together.
Together, let’s continue to commit ourselves to combatting racism and discrimination.
The Portland Chaos Volleyball Club
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