We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of the last several weeks which have shaken the Black community. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have triggered national and international outrage and calls for systemic change. We once again see the bitter truths about racism, inequality, and injustice.
This is a difficult time in our Nation’s history. Unlike many countries around the world which have experienced similar horrific issues around race, discrimination and violence, the United States has yet to engage in a successful truth and reconciliation dialogue. We at New England Public Media can help to begin that process. As a public media organization, NEPM is obligated to play a critical role in addressing the challenges that we face as a society. Our radio newsroom, the Connecting Point team and the reporters and producers for Presencia through the Colectivo de Medios Latinos are committed to covering our region and addressing these issues head on, through reporting and dialogue with community leaders and local residents. Our education team’s curriculum is aimed at ensuring that underserved youth and children are empowered to tell their own stories.
Racial injustice of any kind is antithetical to our values and our mission. As an institution, we stand firmly against racism, bias and prejudice of any kind. New England Public Media is prepared, as it always has been, to be a convener of civil dialogue for all members of our community. We are committed to exploring and addressing the structural, systemic and institutional racism within our organization and the greater community we serve. Our aim is to stimulate action towards equity.
We stand solidly behind that commitment. We will engage communities in dialogue. We will tell stories that have yet to be told, so that together, people can make decisions about the future of their communities and about our country.
Thank you for standing with us,
Anthony V. Hayes
COO & General Manager