Immediately after nationwide protests began, our entire team came together to talk frankly, authentically, and sincerely about the senseless killing of George Floyd, as well as the more overarching issues of racism facing the Black community in our country. During this open forum, we began to try to comprehend the pain felt in the Black community and learn how our team can speak out and advocate for change. Over the past several weeks, we’ve listened and worked together with members of our African American / Blacks at SpotHero Employee Resource Group to better understand the issues and reflect conscientiously on what needs to be done to begin to address them.
From those conversations, this much is clear: SpotHero stands in solidarity against the systemic racism and oppression experienced by the Black community every day in America, and we unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter. George Floyd’s murder was not an isolated incident — Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others have been victims as well. This has gone on for too long, and we must all come together to bring about change.
We are committed to taking action. A single statement expressing our solidarity with the Black community will never be enough; but acknowledgment is an important step. Going forward, we will continue to improve our own Diversity and Inclusion efforts, support Black Lives Matter causes selected by our team, and host open forums where we can continue to discuss these issues collectively. We will continue to work closely with our team to make an impact on changing the face of injustice and racism around us.
Today, as we approach Juneteenth, and as part of this ongoing effort to make an impact and raise racial equality as a priority in our company, we are announcing that we will be closing our office early, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, following our African American / Blacks at SpotHero Employee Resource Group ally meeting to discuss, learn and understand the importance of Juneteenth.
Please see the following YouTube Video titled “What is Juneteenth?”