A call to action from our Chair and CEO Bob Rivers
Here we are again at a time of dismay and sadness when we are called to re-examine our own thoughts and actions, and those of our society, as we are confronted by yet another example of racism, sexism, and the de-humanization of others.
The tragic murders of eight people – six of them Asian women – in the Atlanta area are the result of long-festering racism and the latest and most horrible extension of a surge of anti-Asian violence since the pandemic began. They evoke the pain felt by our Asian American colleagues, board members, customers, and community partners over the past year and those before due to a lifetime during which they have been repeatedly subjected to bigotry, hatred, and violence.
As you know, our company condemns all forms of racism – from the violent to the casual to the political – and we remain committed to doing more to eradicate racial injustice and working together for change. While no one person or institution can solve racism, each of us can do something to show your solidarity and be part of the solution. Reaching out to a colleague or someone else you know in the Asian American community to express your support, especially now, can go a long way.
It is not enough to say to ourselves that racial bias or worse is not who we are and move on. Not saying or doing something about racism is all that is required for it to prevail.
Good does not stay silent.
Working Towards Racial Equity
How You Can Join Us
In addition to talking about change, we are working with people who want to be part of the movement creating it. Here are some of the organizations we partner with that are helping in the fight for racial equity.