black lives matter, racism

Black Lives Matter

9 June, 2020

We at Cranlana stand alongside the indigenous community of Australia and the Black Lives Matter movement. Like millions of others, we have watched the events triggered by George Floyd’s death with grief, but alarmingly not with surprise. George Floyd’s asphyxiation was a shocking and despicable event, underscored by systemic problems which underpin the societies we live in. Here at home, more than 400 indigenous Australians have died in custody since 1991. Government enquiries and royal commissions have followed. And yet, seemingly nothing changes. The global reactions to George Floyd’s death have highlighted how pervasive systemic biases are. They’re built into the fabric of how we operate – into our economies, our laws and our philosophies. Cranlana Centre commits to using our position to challenge and change these systems; to seek out, learn from and amplify voices which haven’t had access to power; not to let this moment be yet another brief flare of emotion which precedes a return to normal; and to work alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to turn good intentions about change into sustained action. We have always had a commitment to bringing about positive change. Yet we know we can do more. This moment is a wake-up call for all of us who can influence systemic change to do so, however you can.

Vanessa Pigrum, CEO, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

We recommend the following resources for a deeper understanding of systemic injustice:

Professor George Yancy’s interview with on ABC’s the Philosopher’s Zone on Sunday 7 June 2020, and his “Dear White America“: letter to the NY Times from 2015.

These 10 books, plus:

Decolonising Solidarity by Clare Land

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo