As we begin the month of June, we have already been impacted by two seminal Events; specifically, 105,000 COVID-19 deaths and 40 million unemployed Americans. Over the past several days, we have also experienced the social unrest in response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
There is no doubt we are amidst a very difficult period that will define each and every one of us. My wife Ali and I feel tremendous sadness for all of the communities ripped apart by discrimination and violence. The recent events are tragic reminders of the complex challenges facing our nation. Watching them unfold has been nothing short of heart-wrenching for us all. We pray not only for the Taylor, Floyd, and Arbery families, but also for a healing path forward for our country.
As a 5LINX family, we believe that racism in any form is unacceptable. When it results in death, we have a social responsibility to raise our collective voices in protest and outrage.
It is time to stand up for the ideals upon which this country was founded. Those ideals must apply to everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, gender or socio-economic status. While we do not condone violence, criminal behavior, or the destruction of property, we stand behind those who are hurting, angry, and frustrated, and who are expressing their First Amendment rights to protest and speak out.
We don’t need another data point. The unnecessary and unjust death of even one citizen is unacceptable and detestable. We are better than that! We must be better than that. It is time to convey to each other and the world that we are who we say we are: “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
At 5LINX, we stand in solidarity with those fighting for a more inclusive and just society. A place where all people are welcome, and where everyone has an opportunity to enrich their lives and be valued, respected and treated fairly.
Our company is rich in diversity, culture, and faith. This is not only what makes us different, it is what makes us great!