Black Lives Matter Statement
JUNE 17, 2021
As I reflect on the past year, I realize that although it was an unprecedented year, there are many positives that came with the challenges. For one, it has taught us a lot about resiliency, courage, and the importance to speak up and let our voices be heard. We continue to be committed to standing up against racism and social injustices – we know we have a lot to learn and that we cannot do this alone – we know it requires partnership with our community and our own team members to create the action and change needed for there to be equality and justice for all.
At 84.51°, our culture of inclusion and belonging allows us to create safe spaces where we can have dialogues about systemic racism, social injustice, inequality and so much more. Many associates, including me and our business leadership team, participated in race dialogues sessions last Fall to talk about ways we can have the difficult conversations with respectful empathy and active listening. The conversations are not always easy, but we are taking the necessary steps to be a part of the change we seek.
In addition, our Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Terron Wilson continues to provide us with resources related to allyship; systemic racism; how to be an anti-racist; and so much more, that challenge us to continue on our journey as aspiring allies.
I know we have a long way to go as a nation – individually and collectively. 84.51° is committed to the movement and committed to inclusive growth. We recognize this is our responsibility, it is not someone else’s problem. And we will do our part to make sure we speak up against racism and social injustice in and outside of the workplace.