We at RINA feel the need to acknowledge the pain that is being felt by our staff and their families, as well as our clients and the communities that we serve.
The tragic loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and before that, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among so many others is overwhelming. That such violence is often at the hands of government agents is depressing and infuriating.
These are just the latest examples of black and brown people being profiled, suspected, and mistreated because of their skin color. The consistency of abuse is intolerable.
Racism and injustice are not American. They are not human. They are not acceptable.
Yet, racism against black people and other people of color is baked into too many traditions and organizations, both public and private.
“The black community is used to the institutional racism inherent in education, the justice system and jobs, “ wrote Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Los Angeles Times. “And even though we do all the conventional things to raise public and political awareness — write articulate and insightful pieces in the Atlantic, explain the continued devastation on CNN, support candidates who promise change — the needle hardly budges.”
Unfortunately, he is right. But, we commit to work for change.
At RINA we pledge to try to provide an inclusive environment. Our black and brown coworkers, clients, and members of the community have our respect and support.
Those of us who are white will consciously work on acknowledging and understanding white privilege. All of us stand with the demands to end racism and the tolerance of prejudice.
We agree with Kareem’s final statement, “What I want to see is not a rush to judgment, but a rush to justice.”
Black Lives Matter.
RINA Accountants and Advisors