It is time. It has been time.
Sometimes, with a glimmer of hope for change, we revel in the beauty of childhood and all that it offers. Happiness starts here, but for some it ends here too. In my family, two babies were born this week. We envelop them with great hopes and dreams for the future and we surround their parents with love and support. One child is black, and one child is white. Will their futures reflect all the love that has been bestowed upon them?
Here at the Child Development Council, we are deeply disturbed by the murder of black men and women, by the policies and lack of leadership that perpetuate and reward systemic racism, and by the institutions that keep racism at pandemic proportions.
It is easy to be outraged. It is easy to see hope in the eyes of new parents and their babies. But, what isn’t easy is knowing that our love for children and the solid beginning we hope to offer them is trashed by the toxicity of what they will face throughout their lifetime unless we change.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
We stand by our mission to promote the healthy development of all children and this means doing the difficult, but necessary work to look within – at ourselves, our organization, at the child welfare and child care systems – and to be vocal allies for change.
Standing for change,
Sue, the Board and Staff of the Child Development Council