As we close out 2020, we at DiversityEdu are taking stock of what has been a year of extraordinary pain and sadness for so many, and particularly for members of the marginalized communities whose lives as students and employees we seek at our company to improve.
With the exception of the pandemic, the events that have made 2020 so difficult started long before January 1. They have their origins in an even more serious and enduring disease: racism. Racism has sickened and killed our people since the founding of our republic—even as it festered and grew alongside our many glories. Racism is everywhere. As more and more of us are learning, racism in America is systemic. It’s in our very structure; rife in our educational, health, political, economic, and social systems. Tragically, it comes as no surprise that the pandemic has disproportionately infected and killed those already enduring racism.
Looking back, we are solemn and respectful of all who have been exhausted by hardship and bereavement caused by age-old racism and the pandemic of 2020. Looking forward, our work will be focused on the quest to end racism—to practice antiracism and help move our society to greater health.