During the pandemic, each of us has struggled with some degree of uncertainty, loss, isolation, and fear. It is an unprecedented event for all of us.
For 400 years, such emotions have not been new or rare for Black Americans, who face systemic, cultural, and individual racism and bias every day.
Frazer Center stands in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters, including those staff and supporters who commit their lives to our mission and those children and adults who are supported by our work. We are sad and we are angry over the tragic, unjust deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and far too many others.
For those of us who are white, we must do more than express our anger and support. Yes, we must call for accountability and change among systems that perpetuate inequality and injustice for people of color. But we must also look honestly and painstakingly at ourselves, and take responsibility for the bias we find in our thoughts and actions. We must understand the opportunities privilege has provided us, and denied others. As difficult as it may be, we must be open to and listen to Black Americans when they point out our own racism, bias, and privilege. We must commit ourselves to the daily, diligent work of untangling the implicit bias in ourselves and in our culture.
Inclusion is the Frazer Center’s mission. It is what we do. It is what we value. It is our vision for the world. We cannot stand for inclusion without standing against inequity and bigotry. A person can never be fully included in our society or share their unique gifts with the world as long as attitudes, systems, and prejudice treat them as “less than.” Frazer Center will continue to work for the respect, dignity, and full inclusion of people with disabilities, and for people of every race, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or age. We work for this now, and for the future, through the children we teach and the adults with intellectual disabilities who find their voice with our support.
True inclusion means engaging in relationships and respectful dialogue with those who differ from us. It means growing and learning from one another. It means valuing both what makes us different, and what we have in common. For white Americans, it means caring so much for our Black brothers and sisters that we acknowledge our own privilege and hold accountable the people and institutions that perpetuate racism.
Frazer Center will continue to look inward for what we can do better as an institution committed to ending racism and discrimination of all types. We will also continue to look outward at the role we can play in calling for systems and culture that are just, equitable, and inclusive. As a member of the Frazer Center family, we know that you, too, feel the calling to build a more inclusive world. We welcome you as our partner in this journey.
Paige McKay Kubik
Frazer Center CEO
- The organization RespectAbility fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. They provide a list of resources for understanding racism, implicit bias, and systems built on privilege, and for taking action.
- For anti-racism resources, including for parents of young children, we recommend this list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein.