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Weekly Reads – June 3, 2020

A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“In the nine decades I have lived, I have never seen a crisis as urgent and grave as the crisis facing our nation today. Something has changed this time. The African American community has reached its limit. We have come to the point where enough is enough.”  [more]
– Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, University of San Francisco

“When will we finally be honest with ourselves? This isn’t about how someone protests, or whether they transgressed, or any excuse we can possibly dream of to excuse our inhumanity and push away the discomfort. This is about skin. This is about belonging. This is about who gets to live truly free in America, and even more tragically, about who simply gets to live.”  [more]
– Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments

“White people must step up and take action, and hold each other accountable. It is our responsibility to examine how we are complicit in the spreading of this virus of racism, and how we benefit from it every day. Silence is complicity.”  [more]
– Nick Donohue, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

“During a crisis, it can be easy to fall back on habits of white supremacy and forget the hard work we’ve done to cultivate different ways of being. So what are some antidotes, alternative mindsets, and practices we can center right now?”  [more]
– Kad Smith, Compass Point

“Understand what it means to move from racial equity to racial justice funding strategies [and] how to align operational practices to both reduce racial inequity and advance racial justice…”  [more]
– Rinku Sen and Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)