A statement from Bexhill College on the Black Lives Matter protests and global movement:
Bexhill College stands against racism in all its forms and we recognise the need for everyone to take an active stance against racism wherever it may occur, standing in solidarity with the black community, at home and around the world. Black lives matter at Bexhill College, and they should matter to every individual.
We aim to ensure that all our students leave College with a strong sense of what it means to be a good citizen and can use their voice and education to make the world a better place for everyone.
We are appalled at the recent events in the US which have shone a clear light on racialised inequality and injustice endemic across the world, including the UK.
As a College, we have always sought to create a sense of belonging for our most marginalised and under-represented students. Any form of discrimination is absolutely opposed to our values, wherever it takes place in the world. Each of us must understand how racialised privilege operates in our society and be bold in calling it out standing strong in our belief that education has the power to create change.
We offer our full support to our BAME students and staff and stand in solidarity with them. This is an issue for the whole college community. The College must and will explore the ways in which its curriculum, its values and its culture can bring greater awareness of the experience of the BAME community. We wish to support our BAME students in allyship.
We recognise that, along with other institutions, now is the time to reflect and to do better. We will continue to work hard to ensure this happens.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu
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