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We support Black Lives Matter

West Coast Jitterbugs stand by and support the Black Lives Matter-movement in the fight against the deeply rooted racism and injustice. It is with devastation we witness the police brutality and murders of black people. But the demonstrations all around the world show that the structural problem of racism is about more than police brutality. Racism is manifested everywhere.

As a swing dance association in Sweden, we are benefiting from a black art form created on another continent, and we need to understand and acknowledge the cultural history and the social and political context in which the dances we dance were created. But we also need to create a greater understanding on how racism is still affecting the dance community today, both internationally and locally. We are committed to doing what we can to educate, listen and self-reflect.