June 8, 2020
Equity and Inclusion
By Terri Legg
The past few weeks have been incredibly challenging. First, we are responding to a pandemic that requires us to rethink what the new “normal” is and what that will look like in the future. And now, there is a blinding spotlight shining on the tremendously difficult issues of race and equity across our country. I have struggled to formulate my own thoughts and feelings both with COVID-19 and more recently with the senseless death of George Floyd. The recent events involving violence and threats against black people expose our society’s institutional racism. In the midst of all of this, we must come together to reject racism and violence, bigotry and hate. We at United Way Montcalm – Ionia Counties will stand with partner organizations and individuals that espouse the same core beliefs, and that bring the voices and perspectives of those that are underrepresented and marginalized into the work that we do.
During this tenuous time, we recognize that organizations and individuals are being called upon to respond in many ways. It is the same for us at United Way. But now, more than ever, we must bring an intersectional lens on matters of race, equity, and inclusion, as they are more relevant than ever to our mission and to the fundamental essence of the work that we do.
Sitting on the sidelines is not an option.
It will take every one of us, UNITED, to make sure that each of our neighbors experience the same opportunities, education, safety and security so that they can thrive. We need to step up, get involved, use our passion, and our resources to truly face and fight the injustices happening every day, all around us. We need to recognize that long before COVID-19, many members of black and brown communities have never felt safe to move freely within our community. This fear is rooted in the country’s history of institutional and systemic racism, prolonged by policies, practices and cultural norms.
Together we can:
- continue to learn about our own biases and privilege.
- seek to understand some of the historical and current conditions that our neighbors, friends, and coworkers encounter every day.
- rely on one another right here, right now, to build up, our fortitude, our compassion and our commitment.
- remain unified in our efforts to bring light to the issue by advocating for racism as a local and national public health crisis.
Finally, and most importantly, United Way is committed to serving the people in our community and working in partnership with others to build a future where the color of our skin does not determine life outcomes. We do not have all the answers today, but the time is overdue for all of us to become actively anti-racist. We must LIVE UNITED.
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