All of us at Empyrean Winds have been shocked and saddened by the events in recent weeks. Our hearts go out to the family and communities of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, as well as the unnumbered and unfilmed number of other black Americans who have needlessly died due to systematic and individual racism in this country.
Today, we would like to clearly voice our support for our members, alumni, and family: BLACK LIVES MATTER. We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We must do better.
Empyrean Winds' goal is to create leaders in our community, and to give members a life changing experience through performance arts. It is however, increasingly apparent that this platform must also be used to promote justice, and not stand against racism, but to be actively anti-racist. We will not be silent. In the face of injustice, neither silence nor inaction solidifies the foundation for racial equality. We will not be silent. We will continue to do our part to root out racism, changing America for the better, permanently.
At Empyrean Winds, we strive to create an environment that is safe, inclusive, and tolerant for every member of our organization. Speaking directly to members past, present, or future, we reaffirm our commitment to teach every young people that walks through our doors that black lives do matter, as do those of all minorities.