Posted 22nd June 2020
The Bridge Foundation Response to Black Lives Matter
The horrific murder of George Floyd by police in the United States and then, closer to home, the recent toppling of the Colston statue here in Bristol, and reports highlighting the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, all bring into sharp focus the continuing presence and impact of racism, discrimination and social injustice in this country.
Research confirms our own experience working in disadvantaged communities, that structural racism and socio-economic inequalities have a massive detrimental impact on the life chances, mental health and opportunities for children, young people and families in this country. We recognise that racism still exists in this country and pledge our support and solidarity with the children, young people, families and individuals and our colleagues facing daily discrimination.
The work we do involves us listening, learning, recognising and responding to the truths and complex realities of people’s lives. Our vision is to work towards a future where every person can feel validated and secure about who they are. Challenging disadvantage and discrimination is at the heart of our core values at the Bridge Foundation and this means that we must also recognise our responsibilities to actively address racism and discrimination within our own organisation as well as within the communities we work with as we move forward.