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Like many of us, I have been following the events unfolding over the past several weeks. My emotions have ranged from shock to sadness to anger and outrage, and coupled with what we have all been facing since the virus outbreak, I recognize that this is an incredibly difficult time for many.

History is unfolding right now at an unprecedented speed. We all have different life experiences, and there is a continuum of how challenging this period is for each of us. For some, it’s a feeling of helplessness and grief from the sidelines, while others are dealing with something that is much more personal. Wherever you are on this spectrum, I want you to know that we acknowledge that this is a challenging time and we are here to support you.

If you look throughout history at some of our greatest advancements and positive changes, these giant steps were often the result of significant unrest. From some of our darkest times, we have taken the largest leaps forward. It is painful and hard to witness and experience, but optimistically I choose to believe that in the future, when we look back, we’ll be proud of the sweeping changes and progress made surrounding racism and injustice.

There is no gray area when it comes to racism. We all have a responsibility to take a stand and share our voices. We at Private Ocean are committed to doing our part to fight discrimination. As an organization, we embrace diversity and inclusion in our hiring and recruitment efforts, and we believe in fostering education to understand how we can overcome unconscious biases and stand up against prejudices in our communities and our country.

We also believe that now more than ever it is incumbent on us to listen to those who are experiencing racism firsthand. To do better and to be better, we must listen, learn, and stand together.

Take care, stay grounded, and please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.