Sometimes it takes searing events to shake us out of complacency. We have been deeply shaken over the past several weeks. In one of the whitest states in the nation, it can be easier to forget that racism exists, yet people of color here and all over the country experience it in lesser and greater ways, every day of their lives.
As a publicly focused non-profit corporation and as individuals, GMEDC is looking inward, examining our implicit biases, and our own history within the tapestry of institutionalized oppression and systemic racism. This is not an easy time, but we are willing to accept the discomfort of painful discussion to help us effect meaningful changes.
GMEDC’s Board of Directors and staff are firmly committed to help our communities, organizations and businesses work toward a more inclusive and anti-racist future. We hope our colleagues are doing the same and are taking time to reflect on this critically important subject and leading by example.