In Solidarity with our Community
We are united with our community in rejecting racism, in mourning, and in demanding justice for Black and Brown people who continue to suffer from police brutality before our eyes.
We applaud our local community organizers for peacefully protesting, which garnered support from local government and law enforcement. The de-escalation was refreshing and got the attention of national and international media. However, we recognize that our community is still in pain as we witness the ongoing injustice throughout our community and country.
The pain of racism runs old and deep in our community. Our hearts break to see another generation of African Americans still fighting for justice and dignity, like so many generations before them. We hope this time is different; that the white community will finally sacrifice their comfort in the name of accountability and work to dismantle the racist systems that structure our lives.
Black Lives Matter. As we reimagine and rebuild Sloan Museum of Discovery, we are partnering with individuals, groups, and organizations in our community to ensure that people of color are fully represented and to ensure the museum is radically inclusive. That’s why we’ve joined the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network—a global network of changemakers committed to equity, relevance, and inclusive growth. We are committed to take on the global challenge to become of, by, and for our community.
We do not claim neutrality as a museum. Sloan Museum’s archives speak to the pain and injustice experienced by African Americans and other ethnic groups in the Greater Flint region. At the same time, we see that our institution has fallen short in documenting the full experience of Black and Brown people in our community, and these stories continue to be under-represented.
We value the physical, intellectual, and emotional safety of every person who comes to us for experiences with science and history. At Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, you are safe to be yourself and to deeply engage your curiosity without fear of harm, shame, or anxiety. This is our promise to the African American community and to all.