Black Lives Matter Protest, Cupertino, June 6, 2020 Photos Courtesy of Mayor Darcy Paul
We stand with the City of Cupertino in solidarity with black communities. It is difficult to find the words to express our indignation, and we heartily acknowledge that social media posts and personal outrage are weak opposition to systemic racism. People have been hashtagging #blacklivesmatter for eight years, but young black men and women are still being targeted and brutalized. We realize our position of privilege as a cultural institution, and we hope to make our support more than performative. Our position as a museum affords us the opportunity of engaging with the tough and messy conversations necessary to address the root causes of systemic racism. These are the conversations that will actually help to bring about change.
We challenge our friends and supporters, as we challenge ourselves, to look closely at the institutions, corporations, and HISTORIES that have allowed the current brutalities against black, immigrant, and other people of color to occur. As an organization whose primary focus is education, we will strive to feature more immigrant and diverse voices in our exhibits and public programming. Until we are able to resume normal activities, we hope to be a source for opening up dialogue in your homes and daily lives. To that end, we are compiling a reading/film list for our membership on the history of racism and police violence in this country. We are also beginning a virtual reading group on these topics, interest form to follow.
Anyone can post on social media, but true activism requires action. Join us as we chart new territory in the City of Cupertino, our organization, and our museum.