Let’s stand united against racism
At United Way of Greater Stark County, we stand with those who are discriminated against and those who are fighting for racial equity. We support the peaceful demonstrations here at home and around the world. Our thoughts and our hearts are with those who have been and continue to be impacted by racism and injustice.
Local and national events have exposed an uncomfortable and heartbreaking truth – that systematic racism and social inequities run deep across our country, and our community is no exception.
We hear the stories of racial discrimination, fear and hatred that require empathy and action. As a community, we have a responsibility to amplify the voices of those impacted and shine light on these issues.
It is clear that as a country, as a community and as individuals, we need to do better. United Way of Greater Stark County is committed to making the necessary organizational changes to mitigate racism and injustice.
Our mantra has always been to LIVE UNITED because we know there is strength in numbers. The more we denounce racism and the more we work together to advocate for human dignity, equity, and social justice the greater our collective impact will be.
As an organization, we want to learn and grow by listening to our community and hearing how we can work together to help create this change. We’re committed to continuing these conversations and working with other organizations to align our resources and bring about systemic change.
We continue to denounce racism and pledge to work toward a brighter future for all. We stand stronger when we LIVE UNITED.
Are you ready to stand united against racism, but you’re not sure where to start?
You can also start with learning the language and words that reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced. Racial Equity Glossary available here.
Another way you can change the narrative is to participate in the Unity Challenge. Learn how to have those uncomfortable conversations and support the challenge that explores our unconscious attitudes about race, power, privilege and leadership. Learn how to encompass alternative voices through activities designed to dismantle racism. Help us reduce barriers and create transformational change. United Way is proud to partner with Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County and create transformational change! Learn more.
Articles to Read
- "My Life as an undocumented Immigrant" by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
Books to read
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, & Spirit by Dr. Mary Frances Winters
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- Stamped from the Beginning by Dr. Ibram Kendi
- The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Divide by Robles, Wright, and Brewer
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Videos to Watch
Films and TV series to watch
- 13th (Ava DuVernay)
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
- Selma (Ava DuVernay)
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
- Many Rivers to Cross - PBS
More anti-racism resources to check out
- Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
- Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture - Equity in the Center
- Implicit Bias Review - Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity