2020 is now synonymous with a global pandemic and an uprising against white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and bigotry across this country. But now, on Election Day, we’re heading into yet another wave of upheaval. We are all feeling the strain of uncertainty, the stress of figuring out how to get through today and trying to plan for a hazy future. For families with children, the exhaustion is mounting.
It’s important to note that this tumultuous time of massive protests and COVID-19—like the foster care system—does not impact all people and communities equally. This year has brought ever increasing levels of violence and hate against Black, Brown and Indigenous people, Latinx, Asian and Asian-American friends and family, and LGBTQ+ folx. As well, Black, Brown and Indigenous people account for a higher percentage of confirmed cases of coronavirus and death from the virus, compared to their share of the entire population. LGBTQ+ people are at a higher risk of discrimination and abuse in “normal times.” These risks are exacerbated with the pandemic and the presidential election.
We know today, Election Day, and the days and weeks following especially may bring a great deal of fear and uncertainty that lands overwhelmingly upon those of us who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian-American, Latinx, and/or LGBTQ+. We need you to know that Amara stands in community engaged in the work to build a better world every single day for kids in foster care, adoptees, and families – during times of tumult and in times of relative peace. We unapologetically fight for justice for all, in opposition to bigotry of any kind including racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, and ableism. You – our community – are why we exist, and we know that no matter what happens today or in the coming weeks, we will be here for and with each other, with strength and love.