In a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Boy Scouts of America is requiring scouts to earn a "diversity and inclusion" merit badge in order to become an Eagle Scout, the organization announced Monday.
The BSA national executive council said in a letter that "there is no place for racism" and that the organization "believes that Black Lives Matter."
"The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community... This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address," the letter reads.
The organization said the now-required Eagle Scout merit badge will "ensure diversity and inclusion are engrained at every level for participants and volunteers."
"[The badge] will build on components within existing merit badges, including the American Cultures and Citizenship in the Community merit badges, which require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures to increase understanding and spur positive action," the statement said.
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