Statement from YMCA of the USA on Historical Camp Minikani Image

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is aware of the image depicting a violent, racist game Opens a new window being played at Camp Minikani in 1942. That this cruel and inhumane “game” is a part of our history is horrifying and disgusting, and we must do everything we can to recognize and understand the tremendous pain it caused then and continues to cause to this day.

The YMCA is a microcosm of our country, and while this image represents a time and place in our country of which we are deeply troubled, it does not represent what the Y is today – an organization that remains enduringly committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in every community we serve – locally, nationally and globally. As with everything we do, these actions are guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – values that compel us to be an anti-racist, multicultural organization.

At Y-USA, we work daily to convene authentic conversations about racism and inequities, listen with empathy, create understanding and respect, mobilize positive action, and hold ourselves and the local Ys we serve mutually accountable to work towards a time when events and experiences like those in this image are no longer happening. We recognize that we cannot repair the racist and discriminatory history of this country or of our organization in one day or even one year, but we are fully committed to working with those we serve to create strong, diverse, inclusive, equitable and, most importantly, anti-racist communities, for all.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

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