STATEMENT FROM CHRISHANA WHITE, BROOKLYN DEFENDER SERVICES’ DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION, HONORING #BLACKHISTORYMONTH2021
Today, we celebrate the beginning of Black History Month 2021. Black History Month is a time to celebrate, honor, reflect, and pay tribute to the rich accomplishments and history of Black people who built this country, from ordinary people to historical icons. This celebration and recognition should not be relegated to one month, but should be a daily practice. We’d be remiss to recognize this month without acknowledging that each and every legal system we work in as public defenders disproportionately targets, criminalizes, surveils, arrests, separates, incarcerates, and deports members of the Black community. As we work together to combat anti-Black racism inherent to these systems, it is imperative that we not focus solely on this ever-present struggle, but we remember to celebrate Black joy, art, culture, and love. Brooklyn Defender Services strives to continue this practice of recognition and celebration throughout the year!