Over the course of the last few months, with the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept around the world, it has become increasingly clear that it is no longer enough to be simply “not racist”. If we are to have any hope of seeing racism and discrimination ended in our lifetimes we must instead take a stand and be actively “anti-racist”. How this manifests in a dance organisation is something that we are still working out, but the first step is to move our anti-racism message from an obscure policy in the depths of our website to a prominent position in everything we publish.
Our Policy on Racism is reproduced below.
Racism comes in many guises and may not be immediately obvious to those not directly affected, but that makes it no less harmful when it happens. It may be malicious or thoughtless, targeted or generalised, but whatever form it takes it has no place in any kind of society. At Tangosynthesis we cannot fix the country as a whole, but we can ensure that our venues and events provide a safe and welcoming space to everyone, whatever their nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or anything else might be.
Racism in any form is absolutely unacceptable at any Tangosynthesis event or on any of our online social media platforms. Anyone found to be in breach of this rule may be given a single verbal warning or may be asked to leave our venue or forum immediately. Anyone so excluded may also be barred from attending any future Tangosynthesis event, blocked from membership of our online forums and commenting on our posts*, and if appropriate reported to the police.
*as allowed by technology
To be clear, racism includes but is not limited to:
The decision as to whether a comment, attitude, or interaction is racist does not lie with the person making the comment, but with the person or persons affected. This may be the subject of the racist incident or it may be a third party, including any member of the crew.
Any reports of racism received by us will be held in absolute confidence and dealt with as sensitively as possible. If you have encountered racism at any Tangosynthesis event or on our online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. then please tell us about it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via our contact form, or by speaking to a member of our crew at any event.
Racism and nationalism have no place anywhere. Let’s start by eradicating them from dance.
If you would like to use this Policy on Racism or the 'We Dance As One' graphic on your own website or material, please email us for permission and for the relevant high-resolution graphics files.