The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for the black community and for those from other communities who have been watching the events unfold across the world.
As a black person working within the industry, it feels as though the lid has finally been lifted on addressing what has been happening in plain sight and beneath the surface. Racism does exist and we can no longer ignore it. So as I joined my first ever peaceful protest this weekend and saw the overwhelming support across all races, ages and genders it has become even more evident that in order for all of us who have been affected by the death of George Floyd and the issues of racism within our society, that we all need to work together and unite to bring about a change.?
What if this year which has been rooted in turmoil, loss and instability is actually the tipping point for all of us as humans to bring about a positive change in history? What if just when we think that this year couldn’t get any worse for humanity that we end up saving humanity? And we emerge with a greater understanding and compassion for each other as we push to make sure that we are all treated fairly and accepted for who we are??
I am committed to doing my part as a black person to help raise awareness and I know there are many allies across our industry who want to do the same. I would urge those of you who are listening to keep asking questions, speak up when you do see injustices that are based on race, gender, sexual orientation or any other form of discrimination and to use the power of our collective voices to address and tackle racism within our industry.