Newtown Youth and Family Services

NYFS is Committed to a Diverse and Inclusive Agency

June 15, 2020:

We, along with so many others, are heartbroken and horrified as we bear witness to the racism inherent in the acts of violence toward Black people in our country. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others are devastating and are additional traumas layered on the multiple historical traumas inflicted upon Black people. This unacceptable loss of life is only the most recent example of how systemic and interpersonal racism impacts Black people.

Racism is corrosive. It eats away at those it harms in small and large ways every day. We must do better. We must acknowledge the hurt, pain, suffering and the trauma inflicted by both individuals and systems that are racist. We must listen with open minds and open hearts to those with stories of lived experience. We must pause and reflect on what our role is, and has been, in the perpetuation of prejudice and injustice. We must commit to having difficult conversations to explore these issues and bring them further into the light. There are no quick or easy fixes to these long standing injustices, but effecting change requires immediate action.

We at Newtown Youth and Family Services are committed to a diverse and inclusive agency and community and will be examining our practices to find ways to do more to help eliminate racism, prejudice and injustice from our society. Please join us in building a tolerant community that promotes equality for all and finally brings racism to an end.