We stand with Black creators and the entire Black community

George Floyd was part of the creative community. When a creative voice - or any voice - is silenced by police brutality, we have to fight back against racial inequality. We have to take action. We have a responsibility to our creators and employees to fight for, and with them, against injustice.

Today and forever, Patreon stands with our Black creators and with Black people everywhere. We stand with all the courageous people fighting for equality. We stand with the voices calling for the end of racism. We stand with the people calling for change and reform.

Racial injustice has been embedded in our country’s foundation for hundreds of years and to debate otherwise is to ignore the facts. Unless we push for immediate change, the murders and injustices will prevail with the list of victims getting longer and longer. From Eric Garner to Breonna Taylor to Trayvon Martin, how many more lives will it take? How many more people will be the victims of a broken system before we see significant and sustainable change?

We are enraged and saddened by the persistent racism that permeates our society, but our feelings will not fix the problem. At Patreon, we have a platform with which we can drive change, and if we fail to leverage that platform, we become part of the problem. We have a tremendous amount of responsibility in forging relationships with creators of color, actively supporting their work, and communicating that we as a company are doing everything we can to model effective, equitable behavior internally.

Today, Patreon is donating $50,000 to organizations fighting racial injustice, 50% will be donated to Black Lives Matter and the recipient of the remaining 50% will be determined by Represent, an internal Employee Resource Group for employees who identify as a person of color. In addition, we will be increasing our recruiting budget and efforts to hire more people of color across all teams and levels.

Creators are often decades ahead of society – they show us the future. Their values are the values of those who come after us. In that spirit, we have doubled our budget for Patreon employees to support creators directly and encouraged them to use the new funds to support creators of color, learn more about racial injustice, and form relationships with the important voices of our time. We expect this program to send an additional $30,000 - $50,000 directly to creators of color each year.

Change won’t happen on its own. It’s up to all of us to create it and support it.

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Hey Jack!
First of all thank you so much for Patreon, it’s amazing!
I always couldn’t understand how this even possible at all. The skin color never mattered for me and for all of the people I know (at least in my country).

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With all due respect I can’t say it’s a right step. This just looks like overreact. In my opinion by this action you only confirm the existing problem and show your attitude to it and nothing more.
The real normal and right behavior is just to hire people only according to their qualities no matter what color are they. You get the job (and everything else) because you deserve it due to your tallent. So that everybody could say to their friend: “Skin color really doesn’t matter for Patreon so you can claim anything”. This is what I call “no any racism”.

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Jack,

Appreciate the statement. And really appreciate the commitment to hiring more people of color at Patreon.

Not sure why you’re statement is a problem with some, but this is the country we live in.

Cheers,

Keef

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Hey @wild_guy, I’m definitely no expert on this subject, and because of that I have been spending time reading and listening to better educate myself. I’d love to suggest a few things for you to watch and read that I’ve found has greatly increased my awareness around the systemic racism that Black people face on a daily basis in America.

  1. Jane Elliott on Her “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise” and Fighting Racism
  2. Why diversity and inclusion matters in the workplace
  3. This comic sums up why saying “all lives matter” ignores the issue
  4. Who gets to be afraid in America?
  5. Trevor Noah gives a good overview of the situation today, and the hundreds of years that have led us to this moment

I’d be happy to continue this conversation via DMs and suggest more resources if you’d like. I’m not sure where you’re based but I heard similar things growing up in England. It’s only since moving to America and spending a lot more time reading that I’m beginning to understand the levels of structural racism, which does exist in many countries not just America, and I’d encourage you to research it for your area.


Thanks for the support @keef :slight_smile:

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Thank you so much Jack, the employees of Patreon, the creators, and the supporters of creators who are fighting racial injustice. We must stand together against the deeply rooted systemic injustice that permeates what we do and who we are as a country.

Thank you for taking such material steps toward change. Successfully shifting the hiring process is critical to that process. As is making sure the community elevates and supports marginalized voices. Supporting your employees to support creators feels exactly right to me. I went through my own giving to creators to increase my support for the most vulnerable and marginalized folx. I hope all of us are doing similar activities, and helping our communities do the same. Our platform can be part of the solution, and it’s lifelong work.

Thank you.

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Thank you Mindy!

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All,

Here’s a pretty cool list of resources that’ll start you on your way to understanding systemic racism:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1bUJrgX8vspyy7YttiEC2vD0DawrpPYiZs94V0ov7qZQ/htmlview?fbclid=IwAR2cIWK_R0WFHHD3CUFXDBzEmOUCp1-JDsnnkvOUR6rmp0PHJ5CesmPDxJU

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