Section 3: How do we pursue racial justice?
How do we pursue racial justice?
Detroit is home to 168,000 children, the vast majority of which (151,000) are Black and Brown. These bright and hopeful kids have the intellect and talent to soar. But even in the Black city of Detroit, the odds are stacked against them.
To champion Detroit youth, we must also champion racial justice. This goes beyond “racial equity,” which shifts resource allocation within existing systems. Racial justice is the pursuit of ensuring the people most negatively impacted by systems build the power and movements necessary to drive system change.
We are acknowledging Detroit youth as our bosses, looking to our Youth Council and young people across the city to guide and critique our work.
The Skillman Foundation is pursuing racial justice by tracking every penny we spend by race, including our grants, administrative budget, and endowment. We are acknowledging Detroit youth as our bosses, looking to our Youth Council and young people across the city to guide and critique our work. We are investing in youth and community leadership and using our influence and resources to ensure youth of color sit at–and set–decision-making tables.
We all have a role in pursuing racial justice. Our team reflects not only on how to do this as an organization but as individuals. Fortunately, we live in a city rich with racial justice leaders to learn from.
How Detroit leaders pursue racial justice
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Let’s Talk: Supporting Black-Led Nonprofits
Black nonprofit leaders talk about their experiences in seeking funding and leadership opportunities and propose ways to close the gaps.
Skillman Foundation Program Officer Terry Whitfield moderates a conversation with Allandra Bulger, Nicole Wilson, and Shawn H. Wilson.