For years, on a regular basis, we’ve seen videos of Black people being killed. We all have. We can replay them in our minds on demand. There are so many.
But they are just a tiny fraction of the total amount of violence – beatings, murder, redlining, employment discrimination – going back to slave trading even prior to Jamestown in 1619 when American racism got its start (source). And this is just physical violence. The inequities are much much deeper.
There is a historical perspective. Read up.
There is a personal perspective. Ask people about their experience.
There is a data perspective. Let’s just look at our hometown.
That is a hopeful statement, but we have reasons to hope.
Our immediate goals are to educate ourselves and then take the following steps to make positive contributions to an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist economy and society:
|My Block * My Hood * My City||Black Lives Matter Chicago||LGBTQ Freedom Fund|
|Chicago Community Bond Fund||Donation Split for 70+ Community Bail Funds||Anguish and Action, Obama Foundation|
|Campaign Zero||Brave Space Alliance||Carole Robertson Center for Learning|
“You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others. Stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER.” -Clara Amfo
On behalf of the Orbiteers,
Andy Crestodina, Barrett McIntosh-Lombardo, & Todd Gettelfinger