FSG condemns structural racism in all its forms and stands with Black people who have been excluded from our country’s vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Please read our full statement below, as well as personal reflections from our co-CEOs Lauren Smith and Greg Hills.
The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black people are weights that have broken a social fabric that was already frayed by a pandemic that laid our racialized systems of inequality bare. Let us be absolutely clear:
- We believe in equity and stand with Black people who have been excluded from our country’s vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- We know that silence in the face of either overt or subtle racism allows it to persist—and we know we have not always spoken up.
- We condemn structural racism in all its forms—and we know that we have not always focused enough on this issue. We invite others to keep us accountable as we continue to do better.
- We will go deeper into how we apply our position, our power, and the skills, passion, and talents of our people to partner with others who are building more equitable systems.
Rather than Black people being choked by systematic exclusion, it is unchecked and unquestioned structural racism that should be struggling to breathe.