Dear TPI Community,
During this highly emotionally, politically and racially charged time, many of us have reflected on our lives, history, beliefs, attitudes and place in this world.
It feels as if there are no words for this world that is literally tearing itself apart. This feeling has led us to fear saying the wrong thing—which we know is part of the problem itself.
We want to be thoughtful instead of thoughtless, sincere instead of tone deaf and clear and direct instead of measured and scripted.
We sadly understand that nothing that is happening is new.
We understand that the unjust events happening in the US not only happen here, but also in other parts of the world; those of indigenous descent and BIPOC human beings who have experienced racism and xenophobia in all of its forms have suffered due to insensitivity and ignorance.
These deep-seated prejudices and biases have permeated our Pilates profession and are no longer acceptable and must be addressed directly, thoughtfully and in the context of making immediate meaningful change.
Here is our promise:
•We can't claim to understand but we can listen and hear.
•We can't pretend this is not a global issue—we can accept that this is systemic and intrinsic and at times we of the privileged group are part of the problem.
•We can speak up when it is appropriate.
•We can remain silent when it is not our time to speak, knowing these are not our stories or experiences to share.
•We can share our profound sorrow and heartfelt empathy while ensuring every voice can speak and be heard.
It is not about us.
It's about you.
We’re sorry for not speaking sooner. We commit to beginning a dialogue and change NOW.
Kevin A Bowen