The Association for India’s Development (AID) is deeply saddened and outraged by the violent police arrest and murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last Thursday. His death, along with those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others over the years is tragic, unacceptable and reminds us starkly about the historical injustices and institutionalized racism and discrimination that the African American communities have endured for centuries.
During this moment, AID stands in solidarity with the Black community and fully supports the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement regarding police reform and addressing the structural inequities that continue to result in gross human rights violations of African American people in the U.S.
For nearly 3 decades, AID has worked towards amplifying the voices of marginalized communities in India. We recognize the numerous parallels between the African American communities in the US and the underprivileged communities in India who have similarly been at the receiving end of an unjust, discriminatory and structurally violent status quo – a system built on the reprehensible notions of racial, class and/or caste superiority.
This cannot continue!
At this crucial juncture of history, when structures of systemic violence are being laid bare, we commit to looking deep into our own privileges and recognizing those parts of our actions and lives that contribute to an unequal society. We commit to desegregating our daily lives and to breaking the cycles of racial discrimination within our circles of family and friends. We commit to listening carefully to the movements asking for racial, caste and gender justice. May this tragic event lead to individual and collective change through thought, reflection, solidarity and action.
Towards that goal, we provide some resources and black community organizations to follow and support:
- BlackLivesMatter is the movement that became a rallying cry for justice in the Black community.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is the country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice.
- Poor People’s Campaign confronts the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, and militarism.
- Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization that helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.
More comprehensive lists of sources to read and learn from, petitions to sign and organizations to support can be found here:
AID Executive Board and Board of Directors