I have been wanting to write to you about the especially traumatic events that we all, but particularly our Black team members, have experienced since the murder of George Floyd. Events that bring into focus the inescapable racial divide that exists across America.    

As you might as well; I feel anger and grief.

I realize that I’m writing this as a person who won the genetic lottery the day I was born. I was born white, male, straight, and Australian. A combination that means I’ll never experience the type of systematic pressures that those in minorities will. While I am not a member of a minority, I am a member of our community which means that I am part of the problem but can also be part of the solution.

Which is why I chose to wait to make a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement until I could also explain how Scoot as an organization is helping to further it.
 
The rage we’re witnessing is, of course, no surprise. The motivations of the recent protests are numerous and overwhelming. In just the past month there have been too many reasons to feel outrage to list. The murder of George Floyd was the match that ignited the tinder box.
 
While these tensions have existed for hundreds of years currently we are sadly living with and trying to navigate these injustices with a severe lack of ethical, sympathetic, visionary, or even humble leadership. The result, in my opinion, is the amplification rather than de-escalation of anger and fear.
 
Everyone deserves to live without fear. Everyone deserves to live with opportunity and respect. We need to treat people equally and fairly, especially Black people who are so often and for so long have been treated so poorly.
 
Minorities need and deserve change. It’s all of our jobs to keep ourselves and especially our leaders accountable to deliver change. It starts with acknowledging the history of oppression and discrimination felt by Black and non-Black communities in America.

At Scoot, we have the honor of employing a diverse workforce.

The school administrators and students we work with are just as diverse as our employees. 

With such diversity among its stakeholders, Scoot has a duty to support meaningful change and we are committing to doing so.

I’m under no false impression that our work will take many years to effect change. What can we do now? 

So far, we've implemented 3 immediate actions this week. Are they enough? No. They’re just a start and you can expect more actions in the near and long term from Scoot.

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If you have ideas on initiatives, contributions, actions we can take now to help improve equality then I want to hear them. Simultaneously I recognize the privilege I enjoy as the head of Scoot and therefore my responsibility to lead how we can impact change; you should expect this from me. 

I will finish by saying to those of you in our team who are Black and belong to other minorities; I am with you and I believe our whole team is with you. We love, care, and respect you. Please, please be safe and take care of your mental and physical health.

I hope to see you all at the webinar on Tuesday and if you would like to discuss any part of this letter with me, please simply reply. 

We are here for each other, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James

Scoot CEO

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