Yet again, the reality of violent anti-blackness in the United States has been revealed to those of us who are privileged enough to not confront it on a daily basis. Although we hope that our position on this issue is understood, we recognize the importance of actively condemning injustice when it occurs, leaving no room for doubt as to where we stand. To that end, we have shared the following statement in regard to the ongoing fight for racial equality:
Arbor Brothers stands with protesters in condemning the institutionalized racism and violence of the criminal justice system. We are recommitting to continuous learning and the implementation of anti-racist practices in our grantmaking work.
This commitment will take shape and be implemented in the weeks and months ahead. In the nearer term, we are taking steps to learn and reflect together as a team. Some of the resources we’ve been diving into include:
- 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship – Mireille Cassandra Harper, Vogue UK
- Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests – Isaac Chotiner (interviewer), The New Yorker
- (TED Talk) How we can make racism a solvable problem – and improve policing – Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
We also suggest moving beyond learning and towards concrete actions to advance racial justice. For those in or near New York City, this guide outlines a number of practical steps that can be taken to create change in NYC.
Ending racial inequality will take sustained collective effort, and we’re grateful for the role our grantees, friends, and supporters play in that effort.
The Arbor Brothers Team