“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”
– Desmond Tutu
The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) condemns anti-Black racism, and stands in solidarity with Black communities in Toronto and around the world.
Our hearts are heavy as we join our community in mourning the lives of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all those who have suffered from systemic racism, injustice, and violence. These lives mattered, and the lives of the people before them mattered.
Anti-Black racism, like anti-Indigenous racism, has been pervasive and systematic in Canada. We must work all together to dismantle these systems and build something new and inclusive in their place.
At ACCT, we are making a commitment to prioritize justice and equality in our own workplaces, and in our partnerships. We are making a commitment to deliver more diversity and inclusion training, including anti-racism, to all staff. We are making a commitment to be better.
This is no time to be silent. This is the time to grieve, to learn, and to act together.