Like so many others, we are deeply disturbed, infuriated, and saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and many other senseless killings before them. We recognize the hurt and outrage caused by these deaths but also by a much longer history of racism in this country that continues today. We acknowledge the pain that is deeply felt in the hearts of millions of people. Kramer Wealth Managers affirms that racism, inequality, intolerance, and hatred have no place in our society.
We stand in solidarity with the black community and the Black Deaf community. We have been actively listening and having ongoing dialogue, but we recognize this is not enough. We need to do more. We need to do better for people of color in our Deaf community and within the financial industry. We need to take action to dismantle racist structures, and through that important process, we can begin taking steps toward equity and social change.
We recognize that simply making a public statement condemning racism is not allyship. These are empty words when not accompanied by action. We are engaging our team to pursue ways we can get involved, joining many companies in committing to make permanent social changes. It is crucial that all of us commit ourselves individually and collectively to take action to make our society more just and equal. If we aren’t actively working to help fix the problem, we are allowing it to continue, and that is unacceptable.
We believe that education leads to change. We can all start by actively working to increase our own awareness of racial inequality. We are reviewing this helpful list of reading materials, films, and other resources and encourage others to check them out as well: https://fortune.com/2020/06/05/antiracist-books-donations-black-owned-businesses-resources/
We will also be looking to forge partnerships with organizations that promote diversity, inclusion, particularly within the Deaf community and the financial industry.
Here are some recommended organizations to support:
National Black Deaf Advocates – www.nbda.org
Wall Street Bound, Inc. – www.wallstreetbound.org