The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and others are a devastating reflection of the racism that runs deep in our communities, in the United States, in the world. Gulf Coast opposes systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-Black violence in all forms.
Since our founding in 1986 in Houston, Texas—once home to George Floyd and where we continue to operate—our mission has been to reflect our diverse community in the work we publish. We have learned that we can and must do better. One of the great pillars of Houston is the Black community, and we will continue to strive to better represent and raise these often suppressed voices. As James Baldwin said in his Notes of a Native Son, “This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.”
We commit ourselves to the work of collective liberation through daily action and with an ongoing dedication to honoring Black voices through literature and art. We stand in solidarity with our Black contributors, readers, colleagues, and all Black lives. Black lives matter.
Help us support Black lives through literature and art, as well as efforts for justice in Houston, by donating to or supporting these organizations we compiled on our blog.