This is a non-comprehensive list of unarmed black deaths at the hands of Police Officers. Image inspired by LA Johnson/ NPR

A Declaration of Support from The CCD to the Black Community

“I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner in 2014, and now George Floyd in 2020. The injustice we see right now is not from ‘one bad apple,’ it is from several lifetimes of racial inequality and suppression. From slavery and segregation to Jim Crow, lynching, redlining, and voter-suppression to the criminalization and pathologization of blackness to microaggressions, pay gap, and racism, and now, to police brutality, the United States has consistently found ways to suppress the black community. Each and every one of these systems, structures, and tactics have prevented Black Americans from being offered the same rights, protections, and freedoms as their white counterparts. 

 “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu

Here at the Centre for Conscious Design (CCD), we want to make it crystal clear that we are NOT neutral. We stand with the black community in protest for the inhumane accounts of police brutality and systemic oppression. We are here to act as an ally, a storyteller, and a resource to the black community and those in the fight for freedom. 

At the Centre for Conscious Design, we believe a simple declaration of support is not enough. We refuse to sit idly by and watch members of the black community be killed and oppressed. As an organization, we are here to leverage whatever tools, resources, and manpower we can offer to actively fight racism and police brutality. In that vein, we are pursuing two paths, one reactionary and one systemic, each feeding into one another to aid in the fight for freedom.

  1. Reactionary Storytelling. We intend to publish a series of articles, artworks, poems, interviews, and other reactionary pieces created by people of color, protestors, and anyone affected by police brutality and racial oppression as well as experts working towards racial equity across sectors. At the CCD, we believe storytelling and communication is key to fostering equity, change, and compassion. We will not pretend to understand your struggle, your pain, or your life, but we will do everything in our power to listen, incorporate, and elevate your story into the fabric of our networks, organization, and minds. 

  2. Systemic Design for Equity. We aim to create a think tank and series of research-informed articles on how we can redesign spaces, buildings, and urban-landscapes to promote racial equity. Drawing from community-based insights from scientists, experts in governance and policy, designers, architects, urban planners, community leaders, and, most importantly, marginalized demographics, we aim to compile and make accessible insights that can change the way we design the built environment to promote resilience, equity, and justice. 

To submit a piece, get involved with the think-tank, be interviewed, or write an article for our racial equity series, help with the science-informed article series on design equity, or have a conversation on how the CCD can best leverage resources and show support, please reach out to Grace at [email protected]. We look forward to collaborating and revisioning a more just world.