Race and Cultural Equity Highlights & Resources
“Everybody wants to do new things, but people don’t want to stop doing old things,' Harris says. “I’ll say, ‘You really need to look at your insurance policies and how you’re giving out rates.’ Clients will say, ‘I ain’t going to mess with that. Let’s talk about allyship. Let’s talk about white fragility — that’d be a great topic.’ ” He adds, 'You can make a lot of money in diversity being abstract.'”
"White supremacy is not just the cross burnings and racist marches and other awful things we see in the movies. In nonprofit and philanthropy, it manifests in ways we may not even realize, or in ways we refuse to acknowledge as white supremacy. These things add up. They make whiteness the default. They keep power concentrated in white leaders and institutions. It makes it easier for injustice against racialized people and communities to take place."
"One president of a legacy organization told me, 'I’m all for changing inequities as it relates to access,' but when I asked their thoughts about changing inequities related to funding, I was met with a long pause. If ASC wants its funding to go further, I was told, it should invest more in legacy organizations with existing infrastructure instead of grassroots organizations. This is “the lie” at work. Think about what was said through the lens of equity. Equity is about everyone having the resources they need to move along together."
"We interviewed community leaders about their own solidarity practices, both in decades past and today, and asked candid questions about what they wished they had done differently, what they learned, and what they wanted to pass on to others."