Tall Ships America is committed to being an anti-racist membership organization.

Anti-racist is an intentional term. We recognize that it is not enough to be “not racist,” and being committed to anti-racism means we are actively fighting against institutionalized systems of oppression to drive equity and inclusion and celebrate our diversity. Our commitment is based on the idea articulated by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and others that you cannot be anti-racist and homophobic, anti-racist and sexist, anti-racist and classist, anti-racist and ableist, anti-racist and ageist, and/or anti-racist and sectarianist.

We also recognize that action must be taken internally (within Tall Ships America’s organizational structures and systems), externally (in partnership with individual and organizational members to bring about change in member organizations, programs and practices) and with the maritime industry where we all operate.

This is a commitment that includes:

  • respectful dialogue and communication, listening to our members, our students, our peers and empowering each of us to speak out against injustice and inequity in our communities
  • elevating the voices and visibility of underrepresented mariners in the fleet
  • recognizing the complicated and interrelated history of tall ships, oppression and slavery
  • education about the legacy of institutionalized oppression and racism
  • developing more diverse and inclusive staff, board, and membership participation
  • strengthening the tools, resources and support available across the fleet to equip our members to understand how they may be active participants in dismantling systemic oppression.

This is a commitment to continual growth and evolution, holding ourselves accountable to measurable action, and we have work to do. Will you come alongside Tall Ships America and join us in this work?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

December 2020