In this post, we share comments from our CEO Kamal to the StackRox team.
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th, 1865, that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. (Notably, Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier.)
Recent events in our country have brought to the forefront the systemic inequalities and injustices that continue to impact Black communities. While many of us have acted individually, we have been silent as a company. That silence cannot persist - we must speak about and take concrete actions to improve social issues as a company.
To commemorate Juneteenth, StackRox is making donations to Black Girls Code and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Please consider donating your time or resources to these or other groups, as there is much more we need to do. I encourage all of you to cancel or reschedule meetings this Friday and take time to focus on reflection, education, and community engagement. As Jeff Bezos said, “Slavery ended a long time ago, but racism didn’t.”
Here are some valuable resources on this topic.
- The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t
- Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever
- Teaching Your Child About Black History Month | PBS
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Issues of discrimination and oppression extend beyond the Black community, and recent Supreme Court decisions highlight the need for ongoing work to protect many communities. Just this week, the court ruled that anti-discrimination protections extend to the LGBTQ+ community and that DACA, a program protecting many young immigrants, cannot be immediately recinded.
We must have an unwavering commitment to equality and justice for all - and zero tolerance for racism, bigotry, or hate of any kind. We all need to do more to change the status quo. I look forward to ongoing discussion, engagement, and feedback with you, and I commit to building a robust program here at StackRox to ensure we increase opportunities for those communities who have suffered racial or other discrimination.