This past week has been a time of painful reflection and necessary discussion for every single one of us. Systemic racism against the black community stretches across healthcare, education, security and finance. There are so many tough questions that we as a society have failed to ask and answer.
What can we do as individuals to effect change?
What can we do as business leaders to address systemic racism?
What can we do as organizations to make a difference?
We’re listening to each other, to our users, and to society as a whole – and we’re making a commitment to help close the racial wealth gap. To start, we’ve made donations to the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU because they are fighting for equality. We’re also looking inward to make changes to further uphold diversity and inclusion. And we’re more focused than ever on opening up access to tools and resources that can help close the racial wealth gap for good.
How can we do better? We welcome ideas and actions. We know we don’t have the answers and these are just small steps forward. But we are committed to doing better as individuals, as a community, and as an organization.
Because racism has no place in our society.
Here are just a few of the many resources and organizations that are doing the hard work to address racism head-on:
Closing the divide
YearUp: Focused on closing the opportunity divide
Operation Hope: Dedicated to financial literacy
Talking to our children about racism and equality
NYTimes: Anti-racism books for kids
CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall: On racism
Supporting black-owned businesses
Oprah Magazine: List of businesses you can support
Official Black Wall Street: Online directory
The Qapital leadership team