The last few months have been extraordinarily challenging times for our community, our country, and the world. First, we confronted an entirely new challenge, as a pandemic threatened the health and safety of many, and caused tremendous upheaval in how we live, work, and interact with each other. Sadly, in the last several days, a much older and more familiar threat has once again come front and center, as racial oppression and police brutality have been on display in highly visible ways.
That nearly all of us were quick to make changes to protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19 virus makes it all the more frustrating that after centuries of inequitable treatment of people of color, particularly African Americans, we have made so little progress in this country in ensuring basic human rights to all. While appalling images and videos capture them intermittently, the fact is that racial disparities, systemic inequities perpetuated through policies and procedures, and suffering at the hands of those charged to serve and protect all of us are persistent realities.
At SPR, we have worked tirelessly to support our clients as they strive to advance racial equity, support communities of color, and increase opportunities for those historically marginalized within our country. While we are proud of this work, and the results we have seen from it, it is not enough. We stand with those who are fighting for justice. We stand with those who understand that racism is not the result of a few misguided individuals, but rather systemic and fueled by hundreds of years of disempowering and disenfranchising people of color. And we stand with those who will not let inflammatory rhetoric divide us in a common mission to seek the humanity in others. In the days ahead, we commit to continuing to partner with those on the front lines of the fight for racial justice, holding ourselves and others accountable to centering change in the voices of communities of color, and supporting the process of racial healing.
Andrew Wiegand, President