Ending Structural Racism Begins with Understanding

June 17, 2021 by Julie Bernhard

In a field study, economists Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan found that job applicants with white-sounding names received 50% more calls for interviews than candidates with African-American names. Forty-five percent of American workers surveyed by Gallup experienced workplace discrimination and/or harassment over a one-year period. These numbers speak a truth about racial inequality that continues to permeate American society.

In response to a free webinar that Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA) is sponsoring on June 24, “Beyond JDEI: Advancing Racial Equity in Organizations,” NIA received an email from a member who rejects that systemic racism exists in the United States. His message reinforces to us the responsibility to be deliberate and steadfast in leading honest discussions about the attitudes, practices and public policies that continue to perpetuate structural and institutional racism in this country – and what needs to be done to replace a system of hierarchical racial privilege with one built for social justice.  

A year ago, when the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer and the Black Lives Matter protests ignited a global movement to condemn and end institutional racism, organizations, including NIA, and communities throughout this country united to affect meaningful change. To do this, though, to dismantle centuries of oppressive cultural representations in our schools, government, financial institutions, social services and places of business and worship, requires more than awareness or Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) initiatives. It requires solutions that address institutional and structural racism through fundamental understanding and action.

This is why NIA is proud to sponsor “Beyond JDEI: Advancing Racial Equity in Organizations.” Representing more than 21,000 nonprofit organizations, NIA believes that lack of racial equity is an issue that harms all of us by limiting the valuable contributions of those whose voices have been silenced. We believe the only way we will be able to move to a place of true equality, and achieve the promise of American democracy for all, will be by making racial equity a priority in all our interactions and business decisions. As an organization, we are seeking practical ways to do that more effectively as well as helping our members by providing them with resources that are easy to implement as they move forward in their own work for racial equity.

In this session, Nikko Viquiera, training strategy director at Race Forward, will lead participants through a live presentation and Q&A designed to help nonprofits analyze and identify root causes of structural racism; ask the right questions to address the problems; and develop viable, long-lasting solutions.

Register here.


From: Doug [full name and email address redacted]

Sent: Monday, June 7, 2021 3:46 PM

Subject: RE: Ending structural racism beyond JDEI

What a woke joke. If you believe that the US is systemically racist, then why have 3,000,000 black Africans come to the US in the last decades. Why would they come to a country where there is systemic racism.

This is a good reason to find another insurer!


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Julie Bernhard

About the Author

Julie Bernhard is the Director of Lead Management & Referrals for Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA). NIA is a group of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide a stable source of reasonably priced liability insurance coverages to more than 22,000 other nonprofits in 32 states and the District of Columbia. For over 18 years, Julie has worked with nonprofits to educate and empower them in navigating the nonprofit insurance marketplace. She has also built a nationwide network of broker relationships that are equally invested in supporting the nonprofit sector. Julie is passionate about the partnership collaborations she has developed, and is always looking for new outreach opportunities to share information that will benefit nonprofits. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and is a licensed Insurance Broker. Julie is also the Webinar Manager for Blue Avocado, a free online magazine offering practical & provocative food for thought for nonprofits, which is published by NIA.