Statement of Privilege
We recognize the privilege afforded to us by our intersectional identities and lived experience, and commit to acknowledging the benefits as such and to leveraging that privilege to promote systemic change toward greater equity, justice, and liberation.
We are a mixed group holding cisgender, trans*, gender non-conforming, heterosexual, queer, middle class, femme, womxn, men, Black, White, Latino, Desi, American, and immigrant identities.
We hold different family-of-origin structures, neurodiversities and physical disabilities, who have experience in top-tier universities, corporate America, and the American educational system.
We seek to take on the work of equity, justice, and liberation with great humility, collaboration, and mutuality. We honor our ancestors who came before us, on whose shoulders we stand.
We strive to carry forward the work of liberation that has been done before us, in large part by Black feminists and other oppressed champions who did not have the luxury that we have of being compensated for the work, but rather risked their lives for their communities.
We are committed to our own growth and constant unlearning of our internalized lessons of supremacy to live into greater universal truths of respect and solidarity, and to partnering in action with those who share our wish for a more just future.
In the spirit of healing and solidarity, we've written a land acknowledgment statement. We recognize this small act is a foundational component of supporting Indigenous communities in greater depth. We hope to inspire others to stand with us in solidarity with indigenous people and first nation tribes.
The Darkest Horse acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the original stewards of the land and acknowledges the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. Our co-founders reside on ancestral lands of indigenous tribes, such as the Council of the Three Fires--comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, collectively known as Anishnabek (or Anishinabe) people--as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo, and Illinois Nations.
We honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous people connected to this land since time immemorial. We are committed to uplifting the name of these lands and community members from these Nations who reside alongside us.
For more information on land acknowledgments in general, check out the following resources:
Equitable Pay Scale
The Darkest Horse offers our services on a wide sliding scale. Our sliding scale is an intentional effort to distribute resources equitably among organizations we work with, including schools, nonprofits, and community organizations, especially organizations that are majority-owned by leaders with intersecting marginalized identities. Paying at the higher end of the scale makes it possible for us to work with such organizations.