2 June 2020
Like many of you, recent events in the US have shocked and devastated us. Now is the time for everyone, but especially white Australians, to reflect on the necessary work we must do to create a more equal and just country. We are particularly mindful that the events in America are not unique, and that racism is a pervasive presence in Australian society and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in particular deal with systemic racism on a daily basis.
At STC and across the arts it is crucial the experiences, perspectives and voices of First Nations people, Black artists and all People of Colour are centred and elevated: on stage, behind the scenes, and in our audience. But, as a company and a community, we have a long way to go before we become truly equitable and inclusive and we must do better. We are listening, we are learning and we are committed to change.
We want to show our solidarity with those who are risking their lives and livelihoods to expose and eradicate racism. Black lives matter.