A Message of Strength & Solidarity from TYPA:
TYPA stands against racism, against police brutality, against anti-Blackness, and against all systems that stand to keep systemic oppression alive. We mourn the lives lost; we say their names as they join the ancestors because their lives were taken prematurely by the persistent weaponization of racism.
TYPA was founded out of care and love for the youth of San Diego. The continuous, unchecked violence upon our Black youth is an active destruction of their futures and an affront to all youth.
We decry blatantly hypocritical institutions which profess dedication to protecting and serving our youth while simultaneously destroying their rights to safety, peace and security.
This outrage isn’t new, this rage isn’t new, it is an all too familiar feeling to Black people who fear that any moment the criminalization of their skin will be used against them to prolong white supremacy.
Along with many others around the world, Teenage Youth Performing Theatre Company urges White-led organizations to listen and to use their outrage against senseless death and police brutality, to ragefully fight and dismantle the ways in which systemic oppression permeates the American Theatre and American Theatre training. We stand with the Black theatre community and all anti-racist organizations that are working to combat anti-blackness and racism.
We are resolute against hate. It must be undone.
TYPA will advocate, disseminate and provide a platform for Black Theatre artists to be seen, heard and celebrated. We stand together.
Black Lives Matter.