A Message from
There is great pain in this country and it cannot be ignored. Kessler Topaz is greatly concerned about recent events and understands their impact on everyone. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police on May 25th has set off a series of events across the country, and around the globe, that are both inspiring and troubling. While we cannot condone the destruction of property, we cannot discount the frustration and anger that underlies much of it.
In particular, we can be inspired by the tens of thousands of peaceful protestors making their voices heard in all 50 states and commanding us to organize and insist on change. As President Obama recently reminded us, this country was founded on protest and it has an important place in our society. George Floyd is only the latest in a long series of unjustified killings by police. This must stop. We must do better as a country and as a people. The reality is that racism and bias are alive and well in the United States and increasingly out in the open; yet, there are actions we can all take to be more accepting and understanding and reverse this rising tide of hatred.
Kessler Topaz has always endeavored to have a workforce that is widely representative of our diverse society, and to provide an open and accepting workplace that is free of racism and bias, but we know we can do better. We are exploring ways to address these issues internally and will be announcing more on those efforts in the coming weeks and months. We are determined and committed to putting both human and financial resources towards making our Firm and the world a better and more accepting place. While we all contemplate our roles in improving racial justice, we recognize, applaud, and support the personal efforts that many are already undertaking.
Lastly, and we hope that this goes without saying, please vote! We are strong believers in the power of an open democracy and the most powerful way to make your voice heard for change is by getting to the polls for every election.
We look forward to meaningful change coming from all of this, and to better days ahead.