"Racism is a heart disease, and it's curable."Ruth King, author, "Mindful of Race, Transforming Racism from the Inside Out"
As our world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed so many across the globe, another pandemic has been exposed: Institutional racism caused by white supremacy. The murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN has caused an uprising around the world, as people protest the injustice that is at the very heart of society. As white women that have created The Flowers Are Burning, we want to express our commitment to anti-racism and to bring awareness to the ways racial injustice disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color and low income communities. We want to bring awareness to the intersection of climate change and race...as well as providing resources for white people to learn about how to become anti-racist allies to communities of color.
"As historically white-led environmental organizations that still hold structural power today, WEC and WCV are committed to dismantling systemic racism and advancing racial equity and environmental justice in all we do. We work with the understanding that the same beliefs, practices, and systems that create and perpetuate interpersonal and institutional racism, also create and perpetuate environmental destruction. Solving one cannot be done without solving the other. There is no environmental justice without racial justice and economic justice. Until we do this, we cannot fully achieve our mission." -Washington Environmental Council & Washington Conservation Voters Racial Justice Mission Statement