WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH #BlACK LIVES MATTER
The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have evoked an outpouring of empathy and are finally awakening white people to the systemic nature of racism, not only in the United States but worldwide. However brutal and cowardly, these killings were but a few of uncountably many daily acts of unspeakable, normalized violence against black, Indigenous and people of color, which have taken place around the world for centuries. Systemic racism is part and parcel of our dominant global power structures.
As a predominantly white community, we humbly commit ourselves to helping dismantle this system of oppression.
As an emerging Healing Biotope, we’re committed to addressing the underlying traumatic patterns which provoke external eruptions of violence and destruction. So long as people’s lives are burdened by overwhelming pain, a worldwide chain of victims and perpetrators will continue to devastate this world.
In his last moments, George Floyd cried out to “mama.” Beyond all differences, there’s something we humans all have in common: the deep need for acceptance and love, and an equally deep trauma originating from the denial of those needs.
To build a world of true justice and love, let us create a culture in which children and parents, lovers, colleagues, different social groups and all beings can encounter each other in such safety and trust that no single person will ever have the idea to humiliate, dominate or kill any other again.
Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
The time of empires is over. Enough is enough. We are at a historic turning point, an opportunity for global healing. If love wins there will be no losers.