• Ryan P. Cleary

We Stand in Solidarity.



His name was George Floyd.


For 8 minutes and 46 seconds a police officer knelt on his neck, killing him.


This senseless act of violence is only the latest in a long line of publicized incidents of brutality against Black men and women. Yet many more incidents occur that are not publicized while systemic prejudice impacts Black communities daily.


To be silent is to be complicit; we have a responsibility to speak up. We condemn these acts of violence and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the peaceful protesters calling for change.


As a team, we have a duty to our employees, members, and greater community to empower systemic change through both our actions and our platform. After all, we started FloatMe to create an alternative to a biased and broken financial system.

Many of us can’t grasp the daily struggle of being judged on the basis of our skin but we can recognize the violent symptoms of systemic racism and bias because of ethnicity, class, religion, sex, gender, sexual-orientation, and many more. But we can take steps to empathize and make sure that FloatMe remains an anti-racist and anti-prejudice company. We invite all members of our community to join us in taking steps to educate ourselves, be vocal advocates, and create meaningful change.

Though we have more to do, FloatMe is taking some immediate steps by:

  • Curating a list of readings and resources for our team members to educate ourselves on the continued epidemic of racism in our country (we have included this list at the end of this post)

  • Examining our hiring process and workplace for unconscious bias

  • Encouraging dialogue among our team about privilege, our biases, and ways to improve.

We invite all members of our community to join us in taking steps to educate ourselves, be vocal advocates, and create meaningful change.


Because:


Black Lives Matter.


In solidarity,


Ryan, Josh, Chris, and the FloatMe Team



Resources

Articles and Readings to Educate yourself:

Podcasts:

Organizations to Educate and Donate:

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