We recognize that the social problems being addressed in Black communities are predominately the result of the systemic racial injustice that still exists today. More specifically, the United States has prospered at the expense of Black people for over 400 years. Structural racism continues to disproportionately isolate the Black community from access to resources and opportunities. We are deeply sorry for remaining silent on these issues and for the unceasing pain and inequality it has caused.
We are committed to learning more about and countering the historical, intentional and traditional marginalization of Black people. As such, we pledge to increase our grant and investment support to ministries and grass roots organizations governed and led by a majority of Black leaders in Chicago. We pray that our efforts will show our love for our neighbors and actively contribute to a more equitable society.
Below are some materials we have found to be helpful on this journey.