I don’t often write about the company I am privileged to be an independent consultant for. But I do want to take a moment to share these posts from Mary Kay on Facebook and Twitter from June 18.
Mary Kay has been a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) for over ten years, a nonprofit nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that seeks to advance the global black community.
Today, Mary Kay announces its support as the founding member of the CBCF’s new initiative: National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI). This initiative aims to advance a racial equity and human rights lens in research, data, analysis, and public policy related to criminal justice reform.
“We have always envisioned a society where Black People can realize basic human rights. Black people are hurting, and the world is now demanding much-needed reform. Injustices have plagued this country and have disproportionately affected Black people. It is important that the CBCF be on the right side of history to help support the global Black community, and continue to develop leaders, inform policy, and educate the public.”
Interim President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
“At Mary Kay, we have been a part of the fight for equality–especially gender equality–since our founding. We have also supported racial equality, but we recognize there is much more we can do. Internally we have advanced diversity in our company leadership ranks, but we know the fight is beyond our walls. We are committed to do more in support of racial equality and social justice. And, we are ready to take action to eradicate racial disparities stemming from systemic racism and discrimination. As a first step, Mary Kay will support a new initiative with the CBCF:NREI. As a decade-long supporter of the CBCF, we have seen the impact of their work over the years and how they focus on driving permanent change. This is only the beginning of our increased efforts to hold ourselves accountable to do more.”
Chairman & CEO, Mary Kay
I have remained largely quiet on the current racial unrest in the country in part because I hope that my actions and words thus far on this blog have set an example of how I live in an effort to be free from racism, but mostly because my voice is not educated enough to create any statement that has an impact that matches my intent.
Continuing to educate myself and to broaden my horizons in order to be a better ally to those in pain and need is a life long process. One that sometimes takes a lot of courage as I reflect on my life and see some of the mistakes I have made. If you would like to join me in educating yourself, I would like to recommend reading “White Fragility” By Robin DiAngelo. Honestly, this was very difficult for me to get through, which proves to me how much I needed to read it, and probably need to read it a few more times. But the message is essential.
Learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation here.
We must stand together to overcome prejudice and inequality.