Institutional racism has been ingrained in the fabric of our nation since its very inception, and the pervasive culture of white supremacy that has existed unchecked for centuries in the United States has allowed that institutional racism to persist. Our failure to address institutional racism, structural racism and white privilege has resulted in generations of trauma and harm for Black and Brown individuals and communities, manifesting itself every single day.
As a predominantly white organization, it’s critical that OEA's white members, staff, and leaders lean into uncomfortable conversations and situations and truly challenge themselves to embody true and meaningful allyship. We will continue to evaluate how our organization can use our power and our privilege to combat the systemic racism that continues to claim Black and Brown lives.
Here, we are providing a collection of resources - gathered from trusted BIPOC (Black, Indigeous and People of Color) organizations and community allies, and some materials produced in-house by OEA. If you are white, join us on a journey to become a more informed and effective accomplice in dismantling systemic oppression and racism by utilizing these resources in your daily anti-racist practice. Black Lives Matter, today and every day.