A note from CCAH President, Kim Cubine:
We are living through the stress of a pandemic and have had a first-row seat to the growing “normalization” of white supremacy and systemic racism.
To all of my black colleagues and client-partners, many of you I consider very dear friends, I am sure you must be exhausted, enraged, destroyed, and terrified. Not only are your friends and families at a higher risk of getting COVID-19, your communities are facing higher death rates than white communities. I can’t even imagine the stress you must be under when the news keeps reporting over and over again how this disease is wreaking havoc on the people you care about.
And it seems like every week black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others are murdered by white people. I can’t imagine your trauma and pain. You must be bone weary from it all. And yet you come to work, do the job as if nothing is happening … all the while your world is falling apart.
I want to acknowledge that I’m sure you are not OK. I want you to know that I can’t fathom the depth of anger and pain that you are dealing with and rightly so. That the wheels on the bus keep rolling ahead as we come to work every day, yet it all seems so unimportant compared to what you must be going through.
I wish I could help lift this heavy burden from you and take it away. I can’t. But I can tell you that I will be there if you need a shoulder to lean on and that at CCAH we are re-examining our own workplace to ensure diversity, inclusivity, and antiracism at all levels. Today we are also making a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
And I want to be clear: Black Lives Matter. And we will keep on fighting for racial justice and equality both personally, professionally, and through our incredible client-partners. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes that I reflect on from time to time.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy