The History and Systems of Racism Unfortunately Persist
The unjust death of George Floyd last week, after the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black men and women over the years has forced Americans to confront the histories and systems of racism, police brutality and economic inequality in our society. Amplified by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color, we find ourselves at a crossroads, where we must make a decision about what kind of country we will be in the years to come.
While I cannot identify with the racial discrimination many of my peers and colleagues may have faced throughout their lives, I have experienced prejudice and discrimination myself, growing up as a religious minority in my home country of Egypt. This was one of the primary reasons why I immigrated to the US, a country with opportunity, and one that exemplified the values of freedom, equality and justice. I recognize, however, that not everyone has been able to benefit from these values and opportunities in the same way.
We Must Stand Together in Solidarity
It is unfathomable to think that in this day and age, in the most diverse country on earth, that racism continues to plague our communities and our institutions, festering in the histories of slavery and segregation. The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people in our country must stop. We must all stand in solidarity with the Black community — our employees, customers, and partners — in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. It is not enough to simply recognize that this issue persists: we must now strive to learn, listen and educate others, engage in difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations, and unlearn the subconscious biases we hold. In response, I would like to put Prescient’s best foot forward and show our total support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Prescient Values Are Grounded in Inclusivity
The values of this company, and the values that all of us at Prescient should live by are grounded in inclusion. We have zero tolerance for racism, discrimination, hate and insensitive behavior of any kind. To everyone who identifies as a racial minority, I sincerely hope that all of you feel confident to freely express your beliefs with the knowledge that your voice will be elevated and not repressed. To those of you who do not identify as a racial minority, who inherently are in a place of privilege, I equally hope that you use your voice to support Prescient’s position and stand. It is not enough to not be racist: we must actively be anti-racist. I encourage all of you to think about the ways in which we can institute tangible and fundamental change, both in our day-to-day lives and how our company can tackle this issue head on.
My door is always open, and I am committed to learning and understanding how I can be a better ally with all of you so please reach out to me directly with your thoughts. It is the only way we can build a company and a society in which every individual is treated fairly, with value and respect.
Magued Eldaief, CEO, Prescient