WZBC Statement of Solidarity
Dear WZBC Community and all our listeners,
In light of the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and many, many other Black and Indigenous people who have been murdered by American police, we are issuing this official statement of solidarity with protestors around the country, the Black community, and all those who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality. We unequivocally condemn these acts of violence, oppression, and racism committed by the state against the Black community, and we want to emphasize that these recent murders are not isolated incidents, but rather a part of the greater whole
that is the white supremacist structure of the American state. Our work does not end after making this statement; we will actively work to institute positive change throughout the entirety of the year and beyond.
As an organization belonging to a predominantly white institution, we recognize the privileges we have and the work that we must do. We must initiate change wherever and however we can with this privilege. We understand our role in the Boston community and want to continue to improve our abilities to support the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement. Going forward, it is crucial that we use our platform to give voices to Black and Indigenous artists. As a station, we commit to playing more Black artists across the board, booking more Black and Indigenous people for shows, and creating and playing anti-racist PSAs regularly on air. It is important that our community of DJs and our listeners understand how necessary and overdue these actions are.
We are always open to suggestions on how WZBC can better serve as an ally to the Black community and we encourage people to contact us with any ideas, criticisms, or questions via our email, Twitter, or Instagram accounts (@wzbc). We are opening this discussion for Black and Indigenous folks who want to share their experiences and voices with us.
We call on other student organizations to stand with us and we call on Father Leahy and Boston College to condemn these tragedies and acknowledge that Black lives matter.
June 1, 2020