Statement from International House re: Black Lives Matter

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The events of the past couple of months have left us brokenhearted, frustrated, and fatigued.

We mourn and condemn the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other black and brown people whose lives were brutally ended because of racism. In this current atmosphere of fear, our thoughts turn to our clients and students of color, all of whom are refugees or immigrants. Many of them came to the United States to flee violence and oppression in their home countries.

At International House, we believe in an America that lives up to her democratic ideals. In solidarity with other ordinary Americans, we feel compelled to raise our voices and call out for a better future. Systemic racism and inequality have no place in our country. Yet we understand that the right of free speech also comes with responsibility. We cannot condone words and actions that devolve into division and destruction. While calling out injustice, we must also remember that there are, and have always been, many brave and selfless people working to make our country a better place.

Since 1981, International House has been a place of inclusion and connection.

We are dedicated to helping immigrants and international culture thrive in our community. We enrich the lives of immigrants, residents, and the community of Charlotte through cross-cultural connections that foster understanding and fuel inspiration. Our hands-on programs help immigrants settle and succeed in this region, while helping residents connect with people and cultures from around the world.

If you are looking for a place of acceptance, you are always welcome here.