LIVING WEB FARMS – We Stand With #BlackLivesMatter
We are emerging from our farming frenzy to state: It is time for America as a nation to seriously undertake the process of dismantling white supremacy. For 400 years, institutionalized racism and its virulent cultural expressions have given lie to the words in our Declaration of Independence.
To quote Leah Penniman’s book Farming While Black, “White supremacy erodes our humanity and is our common enemy… [w]hite supremacy infuses all aspects of society including our history, culture, politics, economics, and entire social fabric, producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. What can be created, can be destroyed. White people need to be active in the dismantling of white supremacy.” It is the duty of all of us to pay attention and demand justice for everyone every chance we get – every day, as many times a day as necessary. We must come to the defense of all of our brothers and sisters. And we call on our nation to invest its resources in undoing the damage that our collective acceptance – and indeed, both willful and mindless support – of intolerance has done. We will not remain silent while systemic injustice runs rampant and we are here to advocate for all humans’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Here at Living Web, we recognize that we are working on land once occupied by Tsalaguwetiyi (East Cherokee) peoples. In our work of farming in the South, we recognize that some six million enslaved African people labored on plantations in the American South, generating the farming economy of our region. We are committed to using our privileges of land and resource access to support marginalized communities.
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