We at Bitback stand in support of Black Lives Matter.
Like millions of people around the world, we too are enraged and saddened by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others. Violence, racism, injustice and inequality should not be normalized to the extent that it is today. While we do not operate in the United States, we have mentors, friends and family members who do. Even so, racism is not exclusive to the US. Racism is a global issue and it is clear that we must all take conscious steps to unravel the injustice and inequality that is so prevalent in society.
It has been difficult to know what to say or when, but in absence of a perfect response or set of actions, we concluded that it’s better to stand up for what’s right than to say nothing at all.
Here are the ways we are taking action to support Black communities and minority groups:
Self-examination: We are making a concerted effort to educate ourselves on the realities of racism and how to be an ally. In an effort not to put the burden on any Black friends and colleagues, we have found the following to be helpful as a starting place: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
Making donations: As individuals, we have donated to several Canadian and American organizations who support Black and Indigenous communities. If you are in a position to make a donation, there are many lists circulating on the internet with organizations accepting donations supporting this movement.
Building an inclusive workplace: Bitback is a mission driven organization and we want each of our future employees to find belonging and meaning in their work. While our company is small today, we don’t plan on it being this way forever. We want to ensure that the foundation of our company is inclusive so that as we grow, we can offer an understanding, compassionate and empathetic culture to each of our employees. As a start, this includes being aware of our implicit biases in the hiring process as we begin to onboard our first employees this fall. We found this Harvard Business Review article to be helpful in this regard. If you have any advice, input or guidance about how we can build an inclusive workplace, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
We are hopeful and inspired by the mobilization of millions of people around the world coming together to support human rights in what is now the largest civil rights movement in history.
While our actions today are just a start, we will grow and adapt as we learn and we will always stand up for what we believe is right.