Stacy Blackman Consulting does not often comment on politics or current events outside of the realm of business school. We have stayed quietly cocooned in our b-school-centric world. However, the events of the past few months — let alone weeks — have demonstrated that there is no cocoon.
We are all connected and we are all in this together. Both the peaceful, impassioned protests and the sporadic rioting that has erupted across the nation shine a harsh light on a realization from which we cannot escape. And that is, “White Silence is Violence.”
This quote from American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi could not put it more plainly:
“What’s the problem with being ‘not racist’? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: ‘I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.’ But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle.
One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe place of ‘not racist.’ The claim of a ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.”
I have listed some organizations below that can help us make an immediate impact as we continue this journey toward peace and unity.
Color of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champions solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
The NAACP‘s mission is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
The Black Visions Collective believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund works to end cash bail, release those held because of the inability to pay, and release all ICE detainees.
The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color.
I am listening, learning, and growing. I hope that we all are.
To our Black team members at SBC, and past, present and future clients, please know that I see you and I hear you — now much more clearly than ever.