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A STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
In the wake of the tragic, senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaus Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the unjust experience of Chris Cooper, our community - like so many across the country - is hurting. Every day, Black members of our community are afraid that what happened to George Floyd could happen to them. They are afraid for their children, their siblings, their friends, and their neighbors. Their pain is real. Their anger is expected. And, their lives matter.
We decry the centuries-long history of profound and systematic violence against, and disinvestment in, communities of color. We also acknowledge the role that the built environment has played in perpetuating spaces and places that have been distinctly hostile to the Black community. The recent pandemic has disproportionately impacted the Black community. In Illinois, Blacks are dying of COVID-19 at a rate two times higher than White Illinoisans. Disparities pervade virtually every aspect of health, education, housing, the criminal justice system, and access to capital.
This is a moment of reckoning. We must be resolute in our actions.
Wight & Company is redoubling our efforts to actively and intentionally cultivate a workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will step our efforts to recruit and hire talent from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in our industry. We will seek to amplify the voices of Black leaders in our field, as well as the minority- and women-owned businesses with whom we partner. We will continue to support a range of community organizations that provide opportunities for Black students to pursue their educational goals.
We say their names. And we pledge to actively seek ways to dismantle systemic racism in pursuit of a more equitable architecture, construction, and engineering industry, and a more just society.