Black lives matter.
Not just now, or before, but f***ing forever.
As we observe hundreds of years of American history and a civilization-span of human history, a few things are clear.
First, the structural and individual racism that oppresses, imprisons, and murders Black people is very real.
Second, this racism isn’t new. Current events are the direct result of ongoing and racist police brutality, and a predictable outcome of a system that supports white supremacy.
Museum Hack is complicit in this system, for example:
- We have known for years that our hiring practices for guides do not result in diversity. We have not made sufficient effort to correct this.
- We do not provide the training or budget to create racially-inclusive experiences.
- We profit from accessing institutions that are also complicit in the oppression of Black people and culture.
- Our pricing structure makes Museum Hack tours inaccessible to many people.
There are more examples, and we will uncover even more in the months and years to come. We are remiss in not making change a priority earlier, before the eyes of America were focused on these issues.
Here is how we are starting to take action:
- Instead of trying to quickly update broken systems, like recruitment and hiring; we will rebuild these systems from the ground up to support diversity and inclusion.
- We will work with BIPOC advisors for guidance.
- Through the end of 2020, we are matching up to $5000 in donations to The National Civil Rights Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Museum of African Diaspora, or any other institution with a proven record of accurately depicting Black history. Send your donation receipts to [email protected].
- Before restarting our tour program, we will seek out training for our staff on anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and historical accuracy.
- We will use our platform to amplify Black voices.
- We will not be silent.
- We will buy books and other resources from Black-owned businesses.
- We will update our website to support Black Lives Matter.
We will continue to learn and do more.
Black lives matter.