The DubHacks Team is angered and disgusted by the unjust murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, and the countless other Black individuals who have lost their lives to a violent and broken police system. We stand in solidarity with the Black community as they continue to suffer and protest the systemic racism that is so deeply rooted in our institutions.
Our team has been taking the time to reflect upon how we are complicit in a system of racial injustice. Since our founding, DubHacks has sought to provide underrepresented individuals opportunities in tech, an industry that continues to be dominated by white cisgender male voices. However, we realize that we have failed in many aspects of that goal, and our attendee and team demographics reflect that.
Denouncing these killings is just the first step. This movement requires more than making empty promises and well-timed statements — this is and will be a long-term discussion about identifying specific ways we can further embody our mission and deliver a hackathon experience shaped by our values of inclusion and accessibility. From prioritizing mentorship for underrepresented students, to emphasizing outreach to communities and institutions that are often excluded from the tech industry, there are many tangible ways we will restructure our practices towards meaningful change.
We will be donating $2,000 to the NAACP in support of their work to dismantle systemic racism. This post and donation alone will not be enough, but it is a part of our long-term commitment to justice. We urge you to do what you can as an ally, whether it be educating yourself, embracing uncomfortable conversations, donating, contacting your representatives, voting, signing petitions or attending protests. Regardless, this is the time to take a stand and make a statement that Black Lives Matter.
The DubHacks Team