At Graboyes, the first of our four stated company values is to “demonstrate respect for all people.” These five simple words represent our pledge of recognizing the dignity of all individuals and standing up for inclusion, equity, and justice in our workplace and our communities.
In response to recent white nationalist-related events, including Charlottesville and the subsequent political messages that have further fueled those who act out in hatred and seek to divide our nation, we believe it is important to speak out. We join many other voices in this great country stating clearly our rejection of all forms of racism, bigotry, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism – both on an individual basis and even more importantly as a structural system of power that perpetuates a painful, disgraceful cloud over our country. Our position is not a political choice but a human choice between good and evil, light and darkness.
In light of these sobering events that are completely contrary to American principles of civility and rule of law, we are called upon to speak up as just one more voice for a better, brighter, more humane future. We envision and seek to help create a world where justice, kind heartedness, and basic human decency remain the norm and where individual wellbeing, diverse communities, and strong economic conditions can thrive for the good of everyone in our society.