NourishNC stands in solidarity with those seeking justice for George Floyd and the countless other black and brown people who have faced systemic violence for far too long.
But the reality is, these are just words, well-meaning, but meaningless without action. NourishNC, and I as a white leader, must do better than pen well-meaning words that will fade with the news cycle. NourishNC and I are “gatekeepers”– meaning we have the power to grant or deny access to resources and equity. In our case, that means food for children and their families.
Think about that, NourishNC (I) have the power to nurture the minds, bodies and souls of thousands of our neighbors. With this type of power, I am obligated to examine my privilege, my words, and my actions (or lack thereof). What biases, implicit or otherwise, affect my decision making? It is not enough for me to say, “Justice for George” or “I am not a racist.” It is on me to build and lead an explicitly anti-racist organization that uses our power to build equity throughout NourishNC, our community, and its institutions. I’ve got some work to do.
I can do better. I must do better.
-Steve McCrossan, Executive Director