CharitySoWhite: Open Letter

CharitySoWhite formed in August 2019, triggered a trending hashtag #CharitySoWhite following the discovery of training materials by Citizens Advice titled ‘Barriers to working with BAME communities. A slide included deeply concerning racist stereotypes about communities of colour, reducing diverse groups to generalisations about ‘low levels of literacy’ and ‘intrinsically cash-centred cultures.’

Since then CharitySoWhite mission is to highlight racism within the sector and through the hashtag, people of colour can share their own personal experiences.

They stress BAME not for profit groups prior to Covid-19 were 'under funded' and 'under valued' within the sector. Now with the crisis, BAME communities will suffer even more so than before.

COVID-19 is set to disproportionately impact BAME communities, with devastating impact likely across a wide range of issues. BAME VCS groups must be at the heart of decision making in any relief package to the sector

CharitySoWhite call all those involved in the relief package discussions to:

  1. Ensure that there are at least two individuals on steering or oversight groups for funding set up who have a significant track record of championing race equality in funding. 

  2. Ensure 20% of funding is ring fenced for BAME VCS Groups, managed directly by BAME Infrastructure organisations.

To read the full letter click here


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