White supremacy is the air we’ve been breathing for longer than any of us can remember. It allows white people to move through the world believing that their children will be treated as children. That police and public institutions will protect them. That others would likely come to their aid if they were attacked on the subway. That their elders are not at risk of being assaulted in the middle of the day on a busy street just because of who they are. White supremacy has shaped our democracy, our culture, our institutions of learning and law enforcement, our commerce, and our nonprofit organizations -- no matter what our mission statements say.
We know that we are a long way from liberation. We know that this week’s all too rare example of accountability is a long way from justice, and we know that there is so much work to be done.
We need each other in this work. To be partners and allies. To demand accountability from ourselves, from each other, and from the systems that shape our environment. We have the power to dismantle “the way things are”. And we are here. Moving toward rebuilding together.
Anti-racist resources for nonprofits:
- Ahead of the Curve’s DEI initiative
- Awake to Woke to Work - Equity in the Center
- Building Movement Project, Confronting racial and generational gaps
-Nonprofit New York