Reckoning and Accountability

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Reckoning and Accountability

Philanthropy New York stands in solidarity with our colleagues and members who are grieving and outraged over the vicious and violent hate crimes against Asian women in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.

The murder of 8 people, including 6 Asian women, follows a long pattern of violence and systemic discrimination against Asian Americans in this country. In Philanthropy New York’s newly affirmed values, we pledged to name and work to dismantle historical and present-day structures and narratives that lie at the root of inequity. We must understand and reckon with how this particular act of white supremacy sits at the intersection of racism, misogyny, and anti-immigrant structures.  

We encourage our members to center the voices of the leaders in our community, including Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), who share their expertise. We are fortunate to have leaders who help us to understand the ways that we can move forward in an accountable relationship with AAPI communities.  

We also encourage our members to:

Learn: Understand the history of exclusionary policies, racialized violence, and cultural narratives intended to uphold white supremacy.

Lead: As individuals and institutions, we offer ways for you to follow the calls of AAPI leaders to exercise your influence and build community.

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