Presentation Title

A Study on Nonprofit Organizations’ Support for (Anti-)Racism — A Critical Race Theory (CRT) Perspective on the Nonprofit Sector and Racial Equity

Presenter Information

Seoeun JungFollow

Advisor Information

Dr. Angela Eikenberry

Location

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #808 - G

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-3-2022 12:30 PM

End Date

4-3-2022 1:45 PM

Abstract

This project aims to explore the way nonprofit organizations responded to the killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests using a critical race theory perspective. BLM is a social movement which denounces all brutality and violence based on racism against Black people. The BLM movement first emerged in 2013 as a form of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter via social media, responding to the death of Trayvon Martin. More recently, in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by White police officer Derek Chauvin as a result of police brutality, which sparked nationwide BLM protests against police brutality.

As BLM protests grew to the largest in U.S. history (Buchanan, Bui, & Patel, 2020), nonprofit organizations became active in the movement for advancing racial justice. Though the nonprofit sector has invested many resources and efforts to promote social equity, it is still not free from the criticism that nonprofit organizations have not done enough to advocate for anti-racist social movements driving social change and institutional improvement.

Though some literature addresses how nonprofits contribute to racial equity, few take a critical approach to understand structural racism or anti-racism which still seem to exist within the nonprofit sector. Also, the killing of George Floyd seems to have sparked a national conversation around racism (Gelles, 2020). Hence, additional research needs to explore how nonprofits support racism or anti-racism, critically revisiting a general assumption that the nonprofit sector enhances racial equity.

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A Study on Nonprofit Organizations’ Support for (Anti-)Racism — A Critical Race Theory (CRT) Perspective on the Nonprofit Sector and Racial Equity

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #808 - G

This project aims to explore the way nonprofit organizations responded to the killing of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests using a critical race theory perspective. BLM is a social movement which denounces all brutality and violence based on racism against Black people. The BLM movement first emerged in 2013 as a form of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter via social media, responding to the death of Trayvon Martin. More recently, in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by White police officer Derek Chauvin as a result of police brutality, which sparked nationwide BLM protests against police brutality.

As BLM protests grew to the largest in U.S. history (Buchanan, Bui, & Patel, 2020), nonprofit organizations became active in the movement for advancing racial justice. Though the nonprofit sector has invested many resources and efforts to promote social equity, it is still not free from the criticism that nonprofit organizations have not done enough to advocate for anti-racist social movements driving social change and institutional improvement.

Though some literature addresses how nonprofits contribute to racial equity, few take a critical approach to understand structural racism or anti-racism which still seem to exist within the nonprofit sector. Also, the killing of George Floyd seems to have sparked a national conversation around racism (Gelles, 2020). Hence, additional research needs to explore how nonprofits support racism or anti-racism, critically revisiting a general assumption that the nonprofit sector enhances racial equity.