Do Foundations Co-opt Civil Rights Organizations?

By August 17, 2015General

Pleased to contribute some of my in-progress research to a forum which examines the role of philanthropy in lessening inequality. Check the article here.

A preview: “In 2015, protection of black bodies from state sanctioned violence remains an unmet challenge for civil rights groups committed to racial equality. As many journalists and scholars have detailed, the elusiveness of this goal is due to a combination of interlocking factors including: a history of discriminatory economic policies, racist policing, and political policies that criminalize poverty. However, missing in these analyses is an examination of the role of wealthy funders in co-opting the agenda of civil rights organizations that were already focused on the issue of racial violence in the early 20th century and re-directing these organizations toward the question of segregated education.

If today‚Äôs foundations play similar roles with civil rights organizations, they once again risk limiting the radical potential of these organizations.”

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