Health and care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have today signed up to the 'Stamp Out Racism' statement, following the recent racist attacks on Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Deputy Mayor Asher Craig. Speaking on behalf of the Partnership as its Executive Co-Chair and CEO of the area's Clinical Commissioning Group, Julia Ross, said:
"We stand together against racism and extend our support to Mayor Rees and Councillor Craig in the wake of these horrific attacks. The obligation to stamp out racism rests with us all. As a Healthier Together partnership, we will continue to speak out, and ensure our services, workplaces and communities are safe and inclusive."
The full 'Stamp Out Racism' statement is set out below.
Statement of support - Stamp Out Racism
The solidarity we show in standing against the racism that Marvin Rees and Asher Craig face will give hope to those who are facing racism across society. We see you and we stand with you.
For too long we have watched people from all walks of public life receive racist abuse, whether it be Premier League football players having monkey chants taunt them before they take a freekick, or having bananas thrown at them as they leave the pitch. We have watched actors, singers, presenters and politicians who have been singled out for racist abuse both online and in person. These attacks have a deep impact not only on those they are directed at but all those who watch and hear the vile abuse, especially children.
Racism is an inhumane and cruel form of abuse that for too long people of colour have had to endure quietly and on their own.
This statement of support is a message that we the undersigned will not stay quiet whilst those around us are singled out for racist abuse in 2021.
We speak to give comfort to those who feel alone in the struggle against racism, as a city we will stand up to racism in all its forms and speaking out publicly when we see racism take place does two things, it tells the perpetrators that their actions are grotesque and it tells those that are abused they are not alone.