As a company, we will not be silent. We also do not want to add another post to the online space, at a time when it should be used to amplify the voices of black people. But we are learning that being here, even imperfectly, is better than silence. Our team is committed to being a company that is anti-racist and doing the work to end systematic racism in our community. In our commitment to support working parents, we recognize that the struggle of black parents is filled with all the same fears as our own AND the constant fear and worry about the safety their children for just living. Pittsburgh in particular is a very “unlivable” place for black women and mothers.
As a team of parents, we are committed to talking to our children about racism and privilege. But in addition to conversation, we will also work to change the way our family lives are set up that influence our children’s ideas around race and racism.
We are asking ourselves questions and making changes: who do our children see in our neighborhoods, at the businesses we frequent, in the companies their parents (us!) work in, the schools they attend, the people they learn from, what authors and creators we have in our households, what leaders do we shine light upon, how we respond to remarks from our families and friends, where do we give money, and how we learn about history, systematic oppression and privilege and make action to create change. And more. Questions and actions will continue to come up. The work of anti-racism is on-going.
We will be honest with our children: we don’t have all the answers, but that is work for us to do, together as a family and as a community, and Flexable as a company.
We are committed to doing this work inside of Flexable and inside our own homes. We are donating money. We are protesting. We will amplify the voices of Black people. We will support Black people as they grieve. And we are working hard to make sure, that within our children’s lifetime, there is justice so there can be peace.