Our Reflections on Charlottesville
In light of the horrors that took place earlier this month in Charlottesville, we gathered as a team to express our thoughts and feelings, and to talk about our responsibility to condemn hate, violence and bigotry.
It was a hard conversation, an important conversation. We know that what happened in Charlottesville isn’t unique to Charlottesville. As Americans with a common history and a shared future, we can and must stand up to fight racism and dismantle systems of white supremacy. This work demands actions big and small, every day.
Here are a few resources we discussed and some of the places we’ve turned for further insight over the past couple weeks:
- 10 Ways to Fight Hate, Southern Poverty Law Center
- ‘The Daily’: A Conversation with a Former White Nationalist, New York Times
- Charlottesville and a Time for Gracious Anger, Vu Le, Nonprofit AF
- Charlottesville Is Everywhere, Tipping Point board member Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation
- Wealthy Donors and Grantmakers: You Can No Longer Hide Behind Neutrality After the Terrorist Attack in Charlottesville, Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- White People, Show Us, Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
We know that poverty and race are inextricably linked. We are proud to work in solidarity with our grantees, partners and supporters, and with all those who remain committed to creating a more accepting, more inclusive, more just Bay Area.