“It all adds up to keeping people down because of their race, their ethnicity, the color of their skin, and you might say, “Well, that doesn’t exist anymore,” but it existed for generations, and the outcomes, the outcomes, still exist.”
—Brian Payne, director of community leadership at CICF
In this special episode of For Good, Brian Payne talks about dismantling systemic racism—one of five of CICF’s leadership initiatives for Marion County—and how it is impacting our community. This episode is part of a special series introducing CICF’s strategic plan for Marion County. Listen to the other four episodes to learn more about how CICF is working to help create a more equitable Central Indiana.
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You’re listening to For Good, Central Indiana Community Foundation’s podcast highlighting stories about passion, purpose, and progress in Central Indiana.
At CICF, we believe in creating a community where everyone can reach their full potential, no matter place, race, or identity.
In this episode, you’ll learn about one of the initiatives included in CICF’s five year strategic plan for Marion County from experts on our staff.
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BRIAN: Hello. I’m Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. CICF has a mission to mobilize people, ideas, and investment to make this a community where everyone has equitable opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter place, race or identity. We are committed to this mission for the next generation, or maybe two generations if it takes that long, and we have five initiatives that will help us execute our five-year strategic plan, the first step in executing on this mission.
One of those initiatives is dismantling systemic racism. Systemic racism is where racist actions, policy, systems have happened over time, and there’s a legacy of these systems that have maybe come from a direct public policy, maybe a direct law. Maybe that law doesn’t exist any more as a racist law or that policy has been changed, but the outcomes have not changed. It all adds up to keeping people down because of their race, their ethnicity, the color of their skin, and you might say, “Well, that doesn’t exist anymore,” but it existed for generations, and the outcomes, the outcomes, still exist.
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