To our dear Colleagues,
Steve and I are both sickened by the senseless murder of George Floyd. His tragic death has further exposed the social injustices, over so many generations, that continue to negatively plague our black community. The COVID-19 pandemic is killing blacks at a higher rate. Unemployment is hitting black communities harder. And in addition to Mr. Floyd, the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor cry out for moral outrage against racism. We say their names. We mourn for them and their families. These discriminating conditions, and these acts of cruelty and violence, absolutely must be the tipping point where our society finally takes action and makes change to achieve social equity and justice for our black community.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
As a company, we renounce racism. We will not condone any form of discrimination at any time. We firmly stand together in our belief that systemic racism must be eliminated. However, we cannot stop there. We must continue to learn and we must act. We promise that we will fight against racism. We share a passage that has captured our sentiments:
“I understand that I will never understand, however,
I will stand with you and use my voice to amplify yours.”
We are heartbroken. And we know that our colleagues and clients are also hurting. Although we are hopeful that our collective pain has purpose, we are not naïve. Chipping away at institutional racism will take time. However, as Dr. King said, we must “remain vigilant and face the challenge of change.” A dear colleague of ours shared with us that she believes change happens in our own homes. We must continue to speak with our children, our families, and our neighbors. Empathy, understanding and our desire to learn will create an opportunity for each of us to meaningfully impact our culture. We see a day when no black parent needs to prepare their children for racism.
With hope that pain has purpose. We envision a better future.
Heather and Steve