The state of Hawai‘i is generally considered one of the LEAST racist states in America. However, itʻs important to realize that no community is immune to the negative impacts of racism, no matter the targeted group(s) or severity; O‘ahu is no different. If you are among those that have suffered racism or discrimination in any of its insidious forms, or if you have witnessed it, you know the pain and lasting scars. Our state has a very complex and painful racial history that continues to produce echoes decades later and remains a very sensitive community issue.
So, whatʻs the answer?
We donʻt have the answer...yet. However, we are ready to ask the questions. This year the YWCA of O'ahu has committed to beginning to explore issues like these, conduct research, and to engage the community and its leaders in conversations about racism and its impact on our local community. As a first powerful step, we have joined with the national YWCA in their annual STAND AGAINST RACISM, a campaign bringing awareness about institutional and structural racial issues around the nation. The campaign is part of our ongoing mission of eliminating racism.
How can YOU make a difference?
We invite you to join us by taking your own personal STAND AGAINST RACISM. There are several simple ways you can add your voice in support.
1) Join us for our Day of Action - Stop by our downtown Laniākea YWCA location on Friday, April 24 between 8am - 1pm to visit our info table and sign your personal STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE.
2) Take the online Pledge - Click here to read and sign the NATIONAL PLEDGE AGAINST RACISM.
3) Get Social - Share your support by replacing your social media profile header and/or profile images with STAND AGAINST RACISM campaign graphics for the day of Day of Action, April 24. Click here to view and download graphics.