I Am Committed to Beginning This Journey

by Jeff Hawkins, CEO
Jun 8, 2020

Righting Wrongs

I have had a very hard time processing all that we have witnessed over the last few weeks regarding the murder of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. What a tragedy, what a misuse of justice. Watching the horrific video of this policeman kneeling on Mr. Floyd's neck until he died made me angry, sick, sad and distraught. I am a Christian and was always taught that everyone is made in God's own image, EVERYONE! No one deserves to be treated in this way; regardless of your beliefs, morally, this is an issue of right and wrong. I can't imagine how I would feel if this was my brother, sister, son, daughter, mother or father. This isn't something I've ever had to think about, but for so many of our black and brown brothers and sisters, this image, this fear is real and present every day of their lives. The African American community, and frankly many other ethnicities/races, have been let down by society through these injustices, this fear and in so many other ways.

Unfortunately, I don't have all the answers to righting this wrong, and I am sure that many times I have let them down and I am truly sorry for that. One thing I do know is that we need to love everyone and treat everyone with respect and honor no matter the color of their skin or where they come from. We need to help lift everyone up with compassion and dignity so that we can be a better society. This event solidifies for me that I have so much to learn about the struggles, inequities and injustices my black and brown brothers and sisters face each day and what I(we) can do to help make positive change. I am committed to beginning this journey.

What does "beginning this journey" mean for me? I will educate myself on the issues related to racial equity and justice; I will engage, listen and communicate with my friends and colleagues of color to better understand how I can help make that change. I will support black and brown businesses and SPEAK UP when I witness not only the negative side of the issues, but also the positive side of how we can make change. Again, I have a lot to learn and it is evident based on recent events that we still have so much work to do. At Envirologic, we are committed to identifying and addressing our biases, learning about racial justice and equity and understanding how we can effect positive change, not only within Envirologic, but through the good work that we do throughout the communities we serve.

In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We can all do our part to make a change going forward.


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