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This weekend in Charlottesville we witnessed people led by ignorance, lacking in compassion and humanity. But we know that the goodness, the values, and the strong history of our community in standing for equality will overcome the momentum of white supremacist and hate groups


August 15, 2017

Our country again experienced painful, racialized violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. These polarizing actions and voices highlight the continuing divide that we would like to believe doesn’t exist in our community. Unfortunately, these tensions and racialized violence are felt across the country, including here in the Seattle region.

While we witnessed people led by ignorance and lacking in compassion and humanity -- we know that the goodness, the values, and the strong history of our community in standing for equality will overcome. Our ardent commitment to these principles can, and will, stop the momentum we are seeing across the country of white supremacist and hate groups seeking societal support for their racist beliefs. We know this to be true because of the integrity and courage of the people and organizations that Seattle Foundation works with each and every day.  

We are the community’s foundation, with a mission to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Our values of equity and opportunity for each resident in our region have created a foundation upon which we can stand in response to racism and the hate-filled violence it promulgates. In our 70-year history, we have strived to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those facing discrimination and intolerance, including residents in our community living with great uncertainty. As we aim to embrace our role as civic leader, we have, and will continue to, raise our voice against intolerance and fight for fairness. These are principles of our community and our republic.  

Equity and opportunity are the values that drive all we do. Advancing these values and building a community that embraces people of all races, cultures and ethnicities is an overarching goal of our team every day. While we may see differing points of view across our community about how to most effectively achieve this goal, we have these shared values and more importantly, realize we have a shared future. Understanding this shared future and aligning competing aspirations and democratic ideals to create it, is vital to becoming the inclusive region we strive to be.  

For Seattle Foundation, the events of this past weekend again accentuate our organizational values, the strategies your community foundation supports, and the urgent need for us to step up and fight for greater racial equity and economic opportunity in our region. It is the right thing to do and we will continue to do it until Greater Seattle is, indeed, a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

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