A Letter to Our Community
The Breaking Point
On May 25, 2020, the world reached its breaking point. For eight minutes and forty-six seconds, we witnessed the tragic death of an unarmed man—46 year old George Floyd, an incident that jolted the rising of the world’s consciousness. Prior to Floyd, the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery were still fresh in our minds. And we must not forget Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, and countless others. Though Floyd’s death was the catalyst that pushed the world into action, these incidents represent institutionalized racism, inequality, and injustice centuries in the making.
The Uncomfortable Truth
Black people in America have a 400-year history on this continent: 245 in slavery, 100 in legalized discrimination, and only 56 involving anything else. This is an uncomfortable truth. So uncomfortable that there’s an impatience that tells Black people to “get over it.” Statements such as “what does that have to do with me” or “I’m not racist” says that it does not matter what my brother, sister, and fellow American has experienced and continues to endure. I can assure you, when the discriminating factor is your skin color, there’s no “getting over it.”
Much like COVID-19, racism and injustice will continue to infect and plague our society, and cannot be eradicated without collective, deliberate action. It cannot continue to hide in the shadows, and it’s time to shed light on its darkness.
We Hear You
We at OutSolve hear you and share your pain, frustration, and the need to peacefully protest to provoke and facilitate change. We believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER and the systemic discrimination, inequality, and killing of our Black brothers and sisters must end.
For decades, OutSolve has helped employers comply with affirmative action. A program created to redress discriminatory employment practices that still persist today, despite civil rights laws and constitutional guarantees. We know affirmative action is necessary, but we have to ask ourselves “what more can we do?” What can we do to stand against racism inside and outside the workplace...and be part of a better future for all? Below are actions we are committed to taking to shed light on racism, break the silence, and address the scourge of our Nation:
- Remain united—we ask that employees share in our commitment to being part of the change. We have our differences, but as a family, we stick together, help each other for the good of the family, and help others in our community
- Zero tolerance of any and all forms of racism and/or discrimination
- Have the courage not to be silent, highlight bias, and call it out when we see it
- Create a culture of open dialogue and mutual respect
- Empower our employees to share feelings and experiences
- Identify specific opportunities to collaborate with clients and partners to fight racism and inequality
OutSolve is a team of diverse and multi-generational people. Some with deep and painful experiences with racism. In the words of Lyndon B. Johnson, “….it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice…” We commit to listening, to be a voice, to lead, and to act. Please click here to visit our Stand Against Racism page. We also encourage you to facilitate conversations in your homes, workplaces, and beyond.