Act and Express
- We encourage marching, writing, speaking out
- Use Orbit’s time and talents to make a positive impact in our Black communities
- Hold ourselves and each other accountable
- Use our platform in this industry to amplify other voices
For years, on a regular basis, we’ve seen videos of Black people being killed. We all have. We can replay them in our minds on demand. There are so many.
But they are just a tiny fraction of the total amount of violence – beatings, murder, redlining, employment discrimination – going back to slave trading even prior to Jamestown in 1619 when American racism got its start (source). And this is just physical violence. The inequities are much much deeper.
There is a historical perspective. Read up.
There is a personal perspective. Ask people about their experience.
There is a data perspective. Let’s just look at our hometown.
That is a hopeful statement, but we have reasons to hope.
Our immediate goals are to educate ourselves and then take the following steps to make positive contributions to an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist economy and society:
You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others. Stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER.
We have been building and sharing a library of resources and places to take action and donate for ourselves and our community.
Andy Crestodina, Barrett McIntosh-Lombardo, & Todd Gettelfinger