South Florida People of Color (SFPoC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to racial healing and dismantling racism in all its forms - individual, institutional and systemic - through education, dialogue and advocacy across the racial, ethnic and cultural divides.
WE ARE SOUTH FLORIDA PEOPLE OF COLOR
Our vision is to plant the seeds of transformation that promote racial healing for a more equitable and inclusive society.
We develop enriching, educational community programming that explores a diversity of thought and expands the opportunity for people with varying identities to come together - through history, arts and culture - to share in deep dialogue toward racial healing, true inclusivity, and belonging. We believe that sustainable transformation begins with building relationships, working through conflict, developing strategies to dismantle racism, and advocating for change.
RESPONSE TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE 'STOP WOKE' ACT
On July 1, 2022, Gov. DeSantis’s Stop WOKE (Wrongs against Our Kids and Employees), embodied in FLORIDA HOUSE BILL 7, went into effect in the State of Florida. This unwarranted and unprecedented law weaponized White discomfort with being exposed to the realities of institutional and systemic racism and the plain facts of our nation’s racial history.
This law strikes directly at the work of the South Florida People of Color and our mission to dismantle racism through education and advocacy. Unfortunately, we expect that this unjust law will have some chilling effect on the work of our Unity360 Institute, which conducts diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for colleges, universities, and corporate entities.
Nevertheless, we will not be silenced. Our work will continue because it is more critical now than ever.
As evidenced by this law, we are witnessing the reemergence of White supremacist ideology into our national and local politics, in a way not seen since before the 1960s, even to the point of becoming the modus operandi of a political party. Laws like HB 7 are expressions of this ideology that use policy violence to silence conversations that help to create a foundation for a more inclusive and equitable society. This is a countermovement in direct response to the popularity of the 1619 Project, which complicated the common understanding of America’s history by centering the Black experience in this country over 400 years, and the Racial Reckoning of 2020 in the aftermath of the murders of Ahmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The combined effect of these social and intellectual movements, and the continuing echo for social justice and equity, are threats to those who are not interested in true inclusion or equity.
There are some people who are only comfortable with a narrative of America’s history that glorifies White triumph and promotes American exceptionalism, even when they were created at the expense of the lives and humanity of systemically marginalized groups like Blacks and Indigenous people.
Even DeSantis’s invocation of the word “our” in the title of this horrendous piece of legislation reveals his singular focus on the feelings of White people. He and the members of the legislature that passed this egregious law stand on the ridiculous belief that exposing “their” children to the facts of this nation’s history and current practices of institutional and systemic racism, as documented by the plain facts of history, is a “wrong” to them. But what of the Black and indigenous children in this state who need to understand the facts of their own history? What about the “wrongs” that are committed to employees of color who have for years suffered microaggressions and other forms of interpersonal and institutional bias, often unwittingly perpetrated by their colleagues, that affect their mental health and career trajectories?
DeSantis and the socially violent political agenda he has enacted in Florida is only a microcosm of what is to come if those of us who are committed to inclusion, justice, and equity are silent and disengaged. The constitutionally protected rights of speech and assembly have actively been curtailed. Our values of intellectual freedom are being attacked with censorship and book banning. False narratives of history are being enshrined into the state-sanctioned civic curriculum. These activities are not only dangerous but anti-democratic and a threat to our nation, now and in the future.
Each of us must determine where we stand and what we are willing to do to protect ourselves, our children, and our future. The South Florida People of Color maintains its commitment to building an equitable future for everyone.
Dismantling racism in all of its forms – individual, institutional, and systemic through education and advocacy.
SFPoC UPCOMING EVENTS
SFPoC RECENT EVENTS
The South Florida People of Color condemn the brutal treatment and mass deportation of Haitian migrants seeking refuge at the Texas border from the devastation of the recent earthquake, a series of hurricanes, tropical storms and a deepening political crisis following the mysterious assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July. Due to these crises people are desperate for a safe place for their families, only to be further brutalized by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and "whipped like cattle.”
Our mission is in unison with the struggle for stability and democracy in Haiti. To people of African descent worldwide, this triggers traumatic images of Black people being lynched, trampled, killed, beaten, chased; being treated less than humans. No human being should be brutalized!
For further action, feel free to visit The Institute of the Black World/Haiti.
SFPoC ON PODCASTS
- Awkward Dinners won the 2018 Philanthropy Miami’s Shark Tank contest.
- Awarded a grant from the Florida Humanities Council for Unity360 Race In Retrospect Author Lecture Series in 2019.
- Awarded grants from Miami Shores Community Alliance for 2019 and 2020 Black History Month programs.
- Awarded a grant from Unite Miami Shores in 2017 for Unity360 Community Race Dialogues.
- Honored with the Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award from the Greater Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2017.
- Barry University Community Partner Award 2022
- Unite Miami Shores Award in 2017 and 2020 for Unity360 Community Dialogues.
- Black Voices for Black Justice Fund - Roni Bennett 2021
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
With your donation, SFPoC can bring ground-breaking research to the community through antiracist education and advocacy.