Magnolia Chorale commits to inclusion and action
For more than 30 years, Magnolia Chorale has shared the joy of choral singing with our neighbors and community. In the wake of the terrible murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, we have examined our history. Our geographic location, in a region of Seattle once subject to racial restrictive housing covenants and outside the redline; the demographics of our membership, strongly white; and the nature of the Western European choral tradition, the product of historically white cultures, have kept us from seeing the realities of systemic racism that affect us and our community.
We state with humility that we have much to learn. We acknowledge the importance of dialogue with singers and musical professionals in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color*, and other marginalized communities. We will endeavor to reach out and welcome musicians from those communities with respect and enthusiasm. We affirm the importance of concrete actions to undo racism and inequity as an organization and as part of the broader choral community.
We commit to the following:
Magnolia Chorale, Seattle, Washington, December 2020
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*We are intentionally using the term “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” (often abbreviated as BIPOC). The term acknowledges that systemic racism affects all people of color, but that Black and Indigenous people bear the greatest impacts.