Statement from MINN Leadership
In the year since we all saw George Floyd’s life taken before our very eyes, we have felt deep sadness and anger, and we have watched again and again as Black lives continue to be taken. Yesterday, the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin concluded. While we are relieved by the jury's decision, it doesn't bring George Floyd's life back.
True justice will only be found when Black people stop being killed by the state. True justice will only be found when Black lives are valued and celebrated and when anti-racism and systemic change extends across borders and across sectors, including international development.
Like many US-based organizations within the field of international development, MINN is represented by majority-white board members, consultants and volunteers. For MINN and the development sector as a whole, that is a problem that must be addressed.
At the time of George Floyd’s murder, we acknowledged that we have a lot of work ahead of us to decolonize development. We remain committed to having critical conversations around equity, justice, and systemic racism within our leadership and broader community.
The following resources on race and anti-racism, particularly in the development sector, have been helpful for us. If you have other ideas on how MINN can better serve our whole community, we welcome you to share them with our Board Vice President Kyla at [email protected].
How to be Anti-Racist in Aid: https://medium.com/aidreimagined/video-how-to-be-anti-racist-in-aid-a6eaebc54d3e
Decolonizing Development resources created by PopWorks Africa and 2019 Summit keynote speaker Stephanie Kimou: https://www.popworksafrica.org/decolonizing-development
Opinion piece by our 2018 Summit keynote speaker Angela Bruce Raeburn (read to the end for a helpful list of tangible ways NGOs can make change): International development has a race problem
No White Saviors: https://nowhitesaviors.org/
A hard look in the mirror: reflecting on racism and whiteness in the development sector: https://www.thebrokeronline.eu/a-hard-look-in-the-mirror-reflecting-on-racism-and-whiteness-in-the-development-sector/
Foreign Aid is Having a Reckoning: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/opinion/africa-foreign-aid-philanthropy.html?referringSource=articleShare
Women in International Affairs anti-racism resources: https://www.wianetwork.com/anti-racism-equality-inclusion