Our Commitment to Acknowledging Disparate Racial Impacts and Achieving Racial Equity
As we develop this community space, both in its physical and virtual manifestations, we have made a specific commitment to ensure that The AMP: The AIDS Memorial Pathway (The AMP) wholly acknowledges and remembers the disparate impact that this epidemic has had, and continues to have, on communities of color. In addition, we must recognize that our call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination is accomplished by recognizing our communities’ past work and ongoing commitment to achieving racial equity.
In 2016, 73% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. occurred among people of color, including Hispanics/LatinX Latinx individuals of any race. These statistics alone, remind us the disproportionate impact that this disease has had on communities of color. We are completely aware that similar and persistent disproportionate impacts have occurred and continue to occur among LGBTQ individuals, specifically, men who have sex with other men, and, very importantly, that these are not mutually exclusive groups.
The AMP’s commitment to racial equity is a framework that guides all our decisions and actions. This framework is titled “The AMP’s Collective Action and Equitable Partnership.” Built into this framework are specific requirements for inclusion of people of color in all aspects of The AMP’s work and structures. Included in the framework are the creation of racial equity principles, requirements for all participants to attend race and social justice training, and a commitment that people of color make-up a specific proportion of the organization’s decision-making at all times. In addition, it calls out the creation of the “Communities of Color Collective Action and Equitable Partnership Committee. This committee is responsible for holding the rest of the organizations to the above commitments and to have input on all aspects of The AMP’s projects and products.