Resonator Anti-Racism Statement / by Helen Grant

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In light of the recent occurrences of extremist vandalism at the Firehouse Art Center, McKinley Elementary, and the Democratic Party Headquarters, Resonator would like to reiterate our commitment to serving and supporting marginalized communities in the Central Oklahoma region.

The disturbing incidents in Norman came on the heels of a hate-fueled sticker campaign in OKC’s Deep Deuce (a historically African American neighborhood) and other places throughout the metro, as well as incidents of similarly abhorrent graffiti at the Democratic Party State Headquarters and Chickasaw Nation offices in OKC.

As our community comes to terms with these unacceptable events, we feel it is incumbent upon everyone to stand up against racism and take actions to address it in a meaningful and sustained way. The targets of these senseless acts are our neighbors, collaborators, family, and friends. They deserve our solidarity and support. We simply cannot allow the escalation of hate crimes across America to go unaddressed.

In accordance, Resonator resolves to:

• Develop and implement policies promoting diversity and sensitivity toward marginalized communities.

• Provide a platform where artists, musicians, film makers, and others from marginalized communities feel free to show, tell, and/or perform their stories.

• Plan and host an annual inclusion event, featuring guest curators, artists, musicians, and performers from marginalized communities.

• Seek individuals from diverse backgrounds to volunteer, intern, and hold positions on Resonator committees and Boards.

• Continue providing a platform for Resonator contributors who wish to develop and present events that increase awareness about issues such as racism, immigration, and prison reform.