As communities across the country take to the street and risk their lives to fight for justice, SCG stands in solidarity with protestors because Black Lives Matter. We condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. We are acutely aware that our humanity will not be collectively well until we stop the unjust and senseless murders of Black lives. We are challenging ourselves to be better accomplices to the movement of dismantling racism.
This past week, as I checked in with the SCG team on their wellbeing, I was reminded of my privilege. As a white woman, I will never truly fathom the pain Black men, women, and their loved ones are experiencing. What I do understand is fearing for the safety of those you care deeply about, feeling outraged by repeated tragedies, being tired by the lack of deep change, and channeling the power of profound empathy. I join colleagues across the philanthropic sector in inviting you to summon the courage to be fully present at this moment, to re-imagine a different future, and to begin creating a new normal.
In the wake of the coronavirus global pandemic, Black, Latinx, and people of color face compounding inequities. The work required to undo the deep-rooted structural and systemic racism of the past few hundred years is undeniably daunting. At times, we all feel that we are not doing enough. As a sector, we have not done enough to refute the status quo. However, there are steps that we can each take toward being mindful of our privilege, being in community with others, and ultimately creating a future where Black, Indigenous, and people of color are no longer invisible, oppressed, criminalized, excluded, tokenized, weaponized, and erased.
Please find below a few personal and collective actions that the SCG team has taken and will continue to pursue. As we all prepare for the long fight ahead, I hope you will consider these immediate actions:
Show up as an ally and accomplice in your organization and communities.
Empower teams to have an impact on your organization’s internal culture and equity commitment
Our staff-led committees drive a significant part of SCG’s inclusive culture, equity commitment, internal conversations about race and racism, and various other practices. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are interested in empowering your team to be deeply involved in every aspect of holding your organization accountable for your words and actions.
Philanthropy must stop being spectators and be committed to something (anything) larger than our point of view. Each of us on the SCG team is part of the fight against anti-Blackness and racism. Please reach us to any of us should you need support or resources regardless of which role you want to play. As an organization, SCG will host urgent conversations in the next few weeks and share more philanthropy tools to be part of the movement.