Horse sport’s governing body in the USA, US Equestrian says it is “energized by the overwhelming amount of support from this community for Black equestrians and your desire for us to do more” after it participated in #BlackoutTuesday.
“We are committed to listening and learning from you. We hear you. We stand with you. We can and will do better. Black lives matter,” US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said.
He said the organisation stood firmly against racism and discrimination of any kind. “We believe it is important to be very clear: Black lives matter to US Equestrian.”
Moroney said US Equestrian said it was taking further steps to educate staff and create a more inclusive and diverse community for all staff and participants. Every employee will be required to take diversity and Inclusion training, as well as unconscious bias training, each year.
It has also shared an array of resources for the equestrian community.
Moroney said the implementation of a US Equestrian Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Statement and Action Plan was under way. The organisation would also increase communication to members on its commitment to do its part to fight against racism. “We know we cannot do this alone, but we can – and will – do our part.”
- The Inclusion Playbook
- The Inclusion Playbook is a Sports Impact project led by a civil rights advocate and former Division 1 athlete with the goal of empowering social change agents to transform communities in and through sports.
- The Inclusion Playbook is hosting a series of free webinars this summer, beginning this week on June 11 at 2pm ET with “Olympic Impact: Emerging Issues in Sports Diversity & Inclusion.” We encourage all staff to attend. They are free: https://www.inclusionplaybook.com/webinar.
- Podcasts (Listed alphabetically)
- Books (Listed alphabetically)
- Between The World And Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
- So You Want To Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
- White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (Beverly Daniel Tatum)
- Film and Television (Listed alphabetically)
- Organizations Leading the Way (sampling of organizations leading the discussion, listed alphabetically)
- What You Can Do to Drive Change
- Contact your state and federal representatives (find out who they are via Common Cause)
- Contact your local government officials and representatives (city councils, mayors, superintendents, etc.)
- Support for talking to kids about racism (National Geographic; New York Times)
- Vote! Check voter registration status