In 2016, SATURDAY MORNING launched its movement in a letter aimed at raising awareness of and shifting perceptions around racial bias as well as fighting injustice and discrimination. Now, four years later, the same issues persist, as evidenced by the recent murder of George Floyd, among many other black people who have been unjustly killed by white police officers.
SATURDAY MORNING co-founders Keith Cartwright, Geoff Edwards, Jayanta Jenkins and Kwame Taylor-Hayford released another letter this Friday to address the challenges they’re still facing and the obstacles they’ve witnessed.
Read the new SATURDAY MORNING letter in full below.
Once again, we open this letter with the highest level of optimism, that this moment will bring about real change in the world. We have always believed that the true success of our organization can only be realized when SATURDAY MORNING no longer needs to exist. George Floyd, Breeona Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others not captured on video are vivid reminders of how far we are from realizing our mission.
James Baldwin once said "Why is it that when any white man in the world proclaims, give me liberty or give me death the entire white world applauds. When a black man says exactly the same thing, word for word, he is judged a criminal and treated like one." The protests around the world are like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime. An affirmation that the silent majority are ready to confront our history of separation, hatred and oppression, and finally after 400 years we are beginning to realize the words of our own Declaration, "we find these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal."
This means the world must be ready to address so-called whiteness for what it really is, a fabrication based on your complexion and not your origin. Whiteness is not a race. It’s an auxiliary of countries, a construct for separation, and a metaphor for power. We cannot fight for our equality without also fighting to redefine so called whiteness, and the belief that this world is a birth right of a select few. When in fact it’s a co-op of complex cultures and ideals built for every man and every woman. These are the struggles that we have to face to make sure that this moment is not just another moment. In order for us to find true equality there has to be sacrifice and not just sympathy. Otherwise this moment will fade away like so many before it, and we’ll find ourselves here again asking why we are still here.
We have been fortunate to work with leading companies and brands who understand they have a role and the power to be a voice for real change. Once again, the true success of our organization can only be realized when SATURDAY MORNING no longer needs to exist. We encourage others in this moment to take bold steps and not shy away from the difficult issues of racism and injustice. Now is the time for action. We are continuing our work and have the highest level of optimism that this moment will bring about real change.