The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) stands in solidarity with the Black community and we support the movement for transformation and change. Our nation's long legacy of systemic racism and state-sanctioned oppression have perpetuated pervasive structural inequities that impact the individual and collective work that we do to support babies, families, and communities.
Equity and oppression cannot exist in tandem, and centering racial equity is a core tenet of USBC's work as we seek to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the U.S.
Equity is the lens through which we view the world to inform and guide the design of our strategies and activities. It is the mirror through which we view ourselves, our organization, and the field. It is also the outcome that we seek to achieve as we embrace our organization's vision of thriving families and communities. This vision is not possible in the face of ongoing systemic oppression and structural racism that threaten the lives and vitality of Black, Brown, Indigenous, or otherwise marginalized communities.
Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd were each part of a family and a community. Families and communities are who we serve as breastfeeding advocates. George Floyd was a dad, a brother, and an uncle. Ahmaud Arbery was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a nephew. Breonna Taylor was a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and a niece. Their lives mattered! Black families matter! Black communities matter!
Black lives matter! We cannot do our critical work of supporting families and communities, and of supporting Black families and communities, if we do not hold this essential truth firmly in our hearts and minds.
Being actively anti-racist in a society that for more than 400 years has dealt, condoned, and turned a blind eye to the terror and trauma inflicted upon communities of color, requires that we each embark or expand our understanding of and commitment to equity. Team USBC has assembled resources to support each of us in taking next steps in our equity learning journeys.
Follow and connect with community-based organizations where you live, and help if you can:
- Find a Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter or affiliate group near you
- Support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Get involved with Race Forward
- Learn how to stay engaged and connected from Beyond the Streets
- Connect with local, Tribal, territorial, state, and cultural breastfeeding coalitions
In Peace and Power,
U.S. Breastfeeding Committee