On Thursday, February 1st, the U.S. Consulate Curacao raised the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag in recognition of Black History Month and as a symbol of our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in everything we do.
Black History Month is held each February to commemorate and celebrate African American history and the African diaspora. While Black History Month originated in the United States, it has received international recognition in countries including Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Black history is American history, and we honor the profound impact of African diaspora culture and the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans to the world.
Black Lives Matter began with a hashtag that initially focused on treatment of racial minorities by police, but over time the phrase has garnered international attention. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” seeks to raise awareness of and respond to ongoing racism in the United States and abroad. It also draws attention to the need to end systemic racism and inequity experienced by communities of color, and most acutely, people of African descent.
Raising BLM flags on U.S. Embassy and Consulate flagpoles throughout the world calls attention to efforts to advance racial equity and mitigate racism in the United States and worldwide. It is a visible reminder of the collective responsibility to confront the injustices that exist today.