A Message from our President

Published Jun 4, 2020

From the beginning, Stumptown Athletic was formed because we believe in the power of community and its ability to create opportunities for all. It is clear that these beliefs can not exist without also being firmly antiracist and against acts of violence and hatred towards others. The unfortunately all too familiar recent tragedies are a painful reminder and a powerful illustration of the systemic racism and oppression that the black community, communities of color and disenfranchised communities continue to experience on a daily basis.  

We must stand united In opposition to racial injustice and the dehumanization of others, not only with our words, but with our actions. This requires us to look within, confront our own deeply rooted biases and fears, realize our mistakes and our own roles in the injustice. Most importantly, we must confront our own inaction, our own failure to act.  We must seek to understand, to learn and to open our eyes.  

Our clubs and organizations have an obligation and responsibility to examine our own actions, to listen, improve, ask questions and be better. We must seek to be agents of change, not merely silent supporters, waving from the sidelines as we congratulate ourselves for supporting the cause.  As Martin Luther King said “in the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” Words however can only be the beginning.  Our individual and collective actions much speak louder than words. As a community, as a club, and as individuals we cannot and will not stay silent. 

Thank you to those in our community that push us all to better, to use our collective voice, to be the change we seek, and help to hold us all accountable in support of all of our community. We hope our Stumptown Athletic fans, family, supporters and community will continue to join us as we push to be better than we were yesterday, listen to those who are unheard, be a voice for those who cannot speak, and help us make sure our community is one that truly creates opportunities for all.  While we continue to search for answers, a path forward, and meaning in all of this the recent words from Killer Mike’s speech in Atlanta ring true.  Plot. Plan. Strategize. Organize. Mobilize.  

In solidarity,

Casey Carr

President - Stumptown Athletic