History shows how entire civilizations can shift around an individual who inspires others around them to take action. When a person decides to use their voice when they see injustice, when they see children who need help and communities crumbling, that is when change happens. Thousands of streamers removed themselves from Twitch for a day to bring notice to hate raids targeting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ creators. We have taken a moment to acknowledge the hate, but there are fundamental issues in our societies that promote the bias leading to these attacks. In the United States we have seen slavery abolished and civil rights enacted yet human rights and equity for all stalls as decades slide by. BIPOC Support Foundation works to continue these essential advancements, using research and targeted focus to make sustaining change in communities. We provide grants and mentorship to business owners, educational resources to teachers, and backpacks filled with school supplies to students to build up critical areas in communities. Streamers are literally one of the driving forces for our nonprofit, as they have raised thousands of dollars in support of what we are doing.
We obviously see immense value in the wonders individual people can do together, too, especially where we have remarkable civic outreach. Yet we know that there are still gaps where we need help — help in lower-income communities and assistance for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are statistically less likely to receive funding or education to the level of others. Each of us, acting to help and strengthen each other, can build up communities in San Diego able to withstand conflict and change lives, strengthening all our futures.