Our hearts break for Daunte Wright who was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center on Sunday.
We stand with his family. His girlfriend, who witnessed his shooting. His two-year-old, who lost a father. And with the entire Black community that is being retraumatized by witnessing yet another unjust killing of a Black man at the hands of law enforcement. It’s part of a pattern that reflects how racism and white supremacy are deeply embedded within our criminal justice system and too many other systems that Black community members encounter on a daily basis.
We also grieve for our grantees, staff, and board—and all of you who are a part of the Foundation’s community and the communities we serve—who may see in your own precious children a reflection of Daunte Wright in all his vulnerability to this pattern of violence.
It must end. Events like these strengthen our resolve to undo our own racial biases and increase our understanding of how those biases affect our organization and the philanthropic field.