Getting comfortable talking about racism
George Floyd’s death and the recent Black Lives Matter protests sparked a wave of solidarity, with many INGOs making public statements about anti-racism. For many people of colour working in our sector, Floyd’s death was not an anomaly. The pain it ignited in people of colour comes from its very familiarity with the injustices in their lives and experiences.
For too long, the international development and humanitarian sector has left racism unchecked. INGOs have been reluctant to start a conversation about racism on our doorsteps. This event is an opportunity to look inwards and examine the institutional structures that we operate and live in, that perpetuate systemic inequalities and discrimination.
Addressing racism is even more pertinent in international development, because INGOs exist to serve the most marginalised communities around the world. How can we deliver this mission if our own organisations are places where racism is alive and our workforces don't reflect those communities?
Organisations must pivot from the global outcry over Floyd’s death and tokenistic statements of solidarity, towards reforming their own practices and policies. This event is a space to come together as a sector to dismantle racism and become actively anti-racist.
This virtual meeting is the first in a series of sessions Bond will offer that will provide reflective and confidential spaces for CEOs to discuss and learn about anti-racism. In this session, we will:
- discuss white supremacy culture and how it manifests in charities
- help you identify where you are on your journey of understanding and addressing racism
- provide a confidential space to discuss how to address racism as a CEO.
This session took place on Wednesday 26 August.