As discrimination and civil rights attorneys, we know that the struggle for equality and justice is real. Racism pervades every facet of our society and we have made it our life’s work to fight for the rights of the oppressed – every single day. We are so proud to stand with our clients in the fight for the most basic of human rights, which is simply to be treated equally under the law. The senseless murder of George Floyd at hands of those sworn to protect our society is a stark reminder of the cancer of discrimination that plagues our nation.
While we appreciate “Corporate America” standing with this movement through their finely-tuned press releases, many of those same companies have enabled, perpetrated, and defended racist and sexist policies – and they are doing it at this very moment. We know this from experience. Actions speak louder than words and those companies would be well advised to come to terms with their own hypocrisy by taking a long, hard look in the mirror.
“Fighting” racism requires acute observation, action, opposition, commitment, and the fortitude to advocate for change. It means not tolerating a solitary ounce of discriminatory conduct in your personal or professional life. It means standing up yourself. It means standing up for other people, like your coworkers, when you see an injustice – because it is the right thing to do. We won’t back down from this fight. We will fight with you, and we will fight for you. No matter what it takes. When it comes to civil rights, failure is not an option.