We have been deeply moved by the pain we are seeing and hearing all around us in recent days. In the most direct terms, Gotham stands firmly against racism and hate and in support of respect, kindness, and inclusion. We also recognize our collective responsibility to do better. We must take concrete steps to combat systemic and institutionalized racism.
Today we stand committed to conduct which promotes positive change. We stand with all of our members in understanding that we each need to look deeper into ourselves and do more to recognize and eliminate racial injustice and bias against black and brown people. Words are not enough. We must figure out how to move forward. Gotham is a unique organization built on the strength of our relationships – personal and professional – and we know that together we have a unique power to create a positive impact on this critical conversation.
Please join us on this journey.
Admittedly, it has only just begun. We are looking deeply at how Gotham can contribute, particularly given the vast scope of brilliant, generous, and caring people who comprise our Gotham family. We strive to provide a forum for education, engagement, enlightenment, and greater inclusion. Stay tuned for more information as we more formally craft our goals and actions.
As our vision develops, we encourage everyone to take just one small step. Let us each commit to honest self-reflection and critical thinking when learning about racism and what being antiracist actually means. Read a book, watch a movie and by all means, talk to each other. There are many resources available to each of us.
Gotham family, we are in this together – and we can do this together. It will not be easy and may not always be comfortable. And it will give us all a chance to make a change in the world which in the end is very, very Gothamly.