We condemn the rise in brutal and senseless attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the United States. They are a painful reminder that seeing communities and loved ones destroyed by hate, systemic racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy are a reality for AAPI and BIPOC bodies.
We must continue to fight vehemently against racism and violence in all forms. There have been over 3,800 anti-Asian attacks in our country over the past year, and the majority of them have also been attacks against women. All of this is unacceptable.
To the AAPI members of our community-- our friends, colleagues, and fellow artists, know we stand with you as allies. We continue in our pursuit of antiracism to make our community a place where you feel welcomed, because you are. We hear you and we stand with you.
We acknowledge that the murders of Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, AND COUNTLESS OTHERS, are the result of systemic and institutional racism. We acknowledge the collective anguish felt by so many as a result. We acknowledge that we must do better as a society to combat these horrific injustices.
The American theatre industry has long supported white supremacy and fragility. Salt Lake Acting Company will take actionable steps to do better as a theatre company. We will take a long, hard look at our history and most importantly, our present, in order to make a better future. SLAC is committed to contributing to the change we wish to see in the world; which is why we are now developing an actionable equity, diversity, and inclusion plan to ensure that we are held accountable. Part of this plan entails the long-term education and diversification of our board and staff.