An Important Message to Employees
[Note: The letter below was sent to all Docupace employees on the Monday following George Floyd’s murder. As we feel strongly that this issue deserves everyone’s attention, we are sharing our communication publicly.]
My fellow Docupacians,
I didn’t want more time to pass before I spoke up about the events of last few weeks. I am horrified and saddened by the murder of George Floyd and the events that have transpired in the past weeks serve as reminder, at least to me, that despite the work we have already done, we have much more work to do as a nation, together, to heal and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t scared. I’m scared because like so many people from the white community, speaking up about race is uncomfortable. Is it my place? Do I have the right words? What do I say?
I’m scared because I am watching communities be torn apart and I don’t yet know if this is what causes us to finally take meaningful steps or the widening of an already-too-wide divide.
I’m overwhelmed by what I don’t know to say, to do, to change. But I do know this, I cannot stay quiet and hope things get better. I cannot stay inactive and hope things get better. And I know that your voice, when combined with mine, is louder, and your acts combined with mine, go farther.
I encourage you to take two steps with me:
First, open yourself to talking. It can be as simple as saying, “I need you” and “I’m with you” to those in your circle of co-workers, family and friends who need to hear it right now. I encourage you to talk, and to listen, without judgement to the people around you whose life experience enriches yours because it is different.
Second, help me take action. One of the many causes behind the institutional nature of racism in America is that the “bootstraps” argument for achieving the American dream is too simplistic. Of course, effort should be rewarded in life. Every one of us is here in this organization because we earned the right to be here, but the paths we followed were widely divergent, and some were far harder than others because of the color of our skin or our gender or who we love. Until we acknowledge this, we will never begin to create the land of equal opportunity promised to all of us and that we have in our collective power to create.
Today I will start small and local to make a difference in a way that honors who we are as Docupacians. Teens Exploring Technology (TXT) is a non-profit organization that helps inspire young men of color from low income communities in Los Angeles to pursue careers in technology or as technology entrepreneurs. TXT serves 1,500 students annually and 95% of the graduates from their programs attend 4-year universities, with 75% majoring in computer science. By supporting TXT as Docupacians, we can take one small step in leveling the playing field for low-income communities of color and open doors to the incredible careers in technology that have enriched our own lives. For each dollar Docupacians donate to TXT, I will personally match them dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and Docupace will match them two dollars for every dollar up to $10,000. $1 of your contributions creates $3 more dollars to support this worthy cause.
Be courageous. Be vulnerable. Be empathetic. Take action. Black lives matter.
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