Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once wrote that racism is a disease of the eye, a cancer of the soul, and when it infects any one of us, every one of us gets sick. We cannot stand idly by while our neighbor bleeds.
The Skirball Cultural Center mourns the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all too many others in the Black community. We join in the demand for justice. Black lives matter. We reject the persecution of Black people and all who suffer discrimination and racism.
As an institution that aims to build a more just society, the Skirball first acknowledges that American society has never been just for Black people. We lament the enduring history of racism in our city and our nation. We pledge to be a cultural space that promotes and practices anti-racism, represents the stories and perspectives of BIPOC, including BIPOC Jews, and advocates for systemic change. No work is more urgent right now. We are committed to showing up, listening, engaging in self-reflection, and doing better.