Dear XRAY Community,
Today is the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by the Minneapolis police—this avoidable tragedy set in motion a year of protests that raised the world’s consciousness of police brutality against the Black community in America. While there have been glimmers of accountability, much work remains ahead for this country, and its people, to address the ongoing injustices, systemic racism, and violence faced by BIPOC individuals.
When we reflect on responses to this racial reckoning, we are proud of the way XRAY was able to amplify the voices of community members on the ground protesting. It is especially important for us, as a community, to listen to the voices of Black and Brown people and their lived experiences. During a time when historical narratives are up for debate and facts are being subverted to make way for feel good versions of what black and brown peoples have experienced. We Portlanders have a unique opportunity to show the rest of the country how to embrace our past and center the voices of oppressed and marginalized communities in an effort to build a more inclusive and equitable future.
And a lot of that work just starts with listening, right? At its best, XRAY can truly be a microphone for these marginalized communities. It is an honor to participate in social justice by providing platforms for story telling and activism. It is this mission that is intrinsic to what we do, and what we hope to do better in the future as we mature as an organization.
We will continue to honor these commitments; creating opportunities for listening, dialog, and action while centering equity in our daily work as a station. We will again stage a teach-in on Juneteenth, and deepen partnerships in the larger community. Together we can catalyze change.
DJ Ambush, Station Manager of The Numberz
Holly Hinson, XRAY Board President