Source: WYPR | Author: Lawrence Lanahan | Date of original publication: June 28, 2013
Many of these nonprofits are working to address social problems concentrated in poor neighborhoods—neighborhoods that are often populated overwhelmingly by people of color.
Today, we’ll explore the racial dynamics that come into play when white-led organizations work with these communities.
First, an essay from Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a for-profit youth-led think tank and political action committee in Baltimore. When a coalition of youth advocates rallied last year tostop the construction of a jail in Baltimore for juvenile offenders charged as adults, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle criticized the coalition for ignoring longstanding black-led grassroots activism against the jail.