“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
<p style="text-align: center;">Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.</p>
Our custom on Fridays is to announce legal issues we find “Of Interest” to our friends.
But today we break our silence to talk about things that really matter; first the pandemic, followed by the tragedy in Minneapolis.
We, all of us, the nation, are being sorely tested by these unfolding events. At our daily (remote) meetings, and before we get to the business of law, we commiserate about how our country is being torn apart, the disparity in COVID deaths and its economic impact among persons of color and now the ugly divisions in our Republic that are made plain by George Floyd’s death.
A video clip on the news this week brought together these concerns: our COVID hospital heroes, still gowned in protective garb, left their emergency rooms to pay tribute to the peaceful demonstrators who, following Dr. King’s admonition, refused to stay silent. Their message, though unspoken, was heard loud and clear.
Our American struggle to ensure that all people are afforded equality in the pursuit of happiness is not new. As we face the current challenges, we are reminded of Lincoln’s words during his second inaugural address: “let us strive to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…”
We are but one firm among many; yet we want our voice heard by our actions. We do this every day by striving for inclusion at WCM as we consistently recruit, train and retain our diverse talent.<span> </span>But, there is more we can do as citizens. So, on behalf of all of us and all of you, we have made donations to:
<p style="text-align: center;">NAACP -- <a href="https://naacp.org/">https://naacp.org/</a></p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Feeding America -- <a href="http://www.feedingamerica.org/">www.feedingamerica.org</a></p>
We realize these donations are but a small gesture of solidarity. But we are guided by the philosopher George Santayana who remarked: “those who do not remember their past are doomed to repeat it.”
Let us never forget these days of struggle.<span> </span>And let us work together to speak out about things that really matter so that we can bring about the day when everyone will be afforded the opportunity to be “judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”