NASA's statement on systemic racism

Watch NASA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee Chair Lisa Dublin deliver NASA's statement and commitments in response to the death of George Floyd and the global protests that have resulted.

The text of the statement can also be read below the video.

“All race prejudice is based upon fears, suspicions, and misunderstandings, usually groundless.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom

Protest and global activism continue to intensify in the aftermath of George Floyd’s horrific death.  In Canada, the issues of racially motivated police brutality and all forms of systemic racism in the places where we live and work continue to demand solutions.

As an organization representing a diverse community of employees, NASA acknowledges that racism is both overt and subtle, but always mutually destructive.

NASA publicly affirms that we are an anti-racist body. This means that we openly disagree with, and call out, racism whenever and however it presents itself; all in an effort to promote harmony and respect for humanity.

NASA recognizes that the fight against racism is a marathon, not a sprint, and as such we commit to long-term advocacy, support and education to speak truth to power and to highlight the silences that do not advance equal opportunity.

We resolve to work assiduously to eradicate racially motivated employment practices since they cannot help create a better future for ourselves and for others.

We resolve to educate our members about the strength and positive potential of our racial diversity.

NASA resolves to support and listen to our members, and to be held accountable if our actions do not line up with our goal to uplift the whole people.