Black Lives Matter.
Black lives matter because they are people. They are nieces and nephews, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. They are children, families and friends, husbands and wives, grandpas and grandmas.
We are outraged at the murder of another black person, a man, a brother, a father, by police officers.
We have to say his name: George Floyd.
The name George Floyd will join a long list of names: some that we do know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till — but most that we don’t, as victims of racism.
Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining issues of our time. We have come to understand that to stay silent about this is to be complicit in the violence and threats that the movement faces.
Surf to Summit fully supports the Black Lives Matter movement and wants to acknowledge just a few of the inspirational civil rights leaders who have come before them: Martin Luther King Jr., who had a dream 57 years ago that has yet to be realized. Sojourner Truth, who walked on stage 169 years ago and asked “Ain’t I a Woman?” Bayard Rustin, who 72 years ago said, “The organizers and perpetrators of segregation are as much the enemy of America as any foreign invader.” Rosa Parks who, 65 years ago, refused to relinquish her seat.
Half of all profits from this print will be donated to the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), whose mission goal is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
We hope that you, too, will join us in this fight for equality.