A Call to Fight Against Racism
A Statement from the CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Expression
CSWE's Council on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) issues a call to action in the fight against racism, white supremacy, state violence, and the intersections of cissexism and heterosexism. As we yet again bear witness to the wave of violence against Black and Brown communities within our country, we must take specific steps toward dismantling the structural inequities that lead to their continued marginalization. In particular, we call attention to the ways in which queer and trans Black individuals are disproportionately impacted and victimized by these systems. So many of these cases of violence and police brutality do not reach, or are insufficiently highlighted by, the media. We cannot and will not contribute to the silencing of such atrocities happening in our society.
Black trans lives matter. Black queer lives matter. All Black lives matter. We see you, and we must do better as social work educators, practitioners, and researchers. In order for real change to happen, we must enact concrete strategies at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. We want to build on the statements made by CSWE on social justice, examine how social work curriculums go beyond teaching an appreciation for diversity and prepare the next generation of social workers to impact institutions that have long perpetrated violence against these communities.
This call to action reinforces our commitment to our continued work as a council to increase inclusive practices and policies within social work education. As a council, we commit to the following:
The Council on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Expression