Brave the Silence – Enough is Enough
BNG’s statement regarding events in the wake of the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd and others
Build The Next Gen (BNG) is extremely saddened and outraged to hear about the tragic actions that have recently led to the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd. In the midst of a global pandemic, it is shocking that the only thing actively working around the clock is the blatant racism directed towards black men and women not only internationally but here in Canada as well.
Over the past few days here at BNG it’s been a constant struggle trying to vocalize our feelings. As a company founded by black men, we’ve received a multitude of messages regarding the ongoing events which we’re sure our fellow black brothers and sisters have received as well. These messages have predominantly been from our non-black colleagues and friends checking in and asking if we’re “ok”. The truth is we are not “ok”. We are on a perpetual emotional roller which has three stops: frustration, sadness and anger. How many more George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery tragedies will we have to witness before any corrective action is taken? When will black men and women be able to truly live free with no fear of dying due to anti-black racism? These are just a few of the unanswered questions which haunt our minds and have done so for centuries.
The voices of the black community have been silenced for way too long—a silence that continues to be deadly time and time again. Despite the pleas and the protests that have persisted for years, no real action has been taken to put an end to the suffering Black people continuously go through because of the color of their skin.
Yes, the world hasn’t always treated the black community kindly but there is hope. Hope for a better future. Hope for young black men and women to live in a world where they are not seen as threats but as agents of solutions. As black entrepreneurs with a platform, it is our duty to educate and continue to create opportunities for necessary conversations on the ugliness of the systemic racism suffered daily by our black brothers and sisters.
Given the racial injustice we’ve faced for centuries and having the odds stacked against us, we’ve continually risen to top in almost every industry possible—entertainment, sports, finance, politics, etc. With the new generation of black men and women breaking ground like never before, we will persevere.
So as we stand with our brothers and sisters peacefully protesting anti-black racism, we encourage the entrepreneurs of our community to stand up for Black lives all around the world through their work, their art, their platforms, etc. By speaking on it or taking time to understand the ongoing frustration which has affected black men and women for centuries, we are able to better understand and better educate others.
Ignorance can no longer be tolerated among us. This is not a black and white issue, it’s a right and wrong issue that can only be solved if we all come together as one to denounce the systemic racism faced by the Black community globally. For this to work, every single living person must be willing to create change and take actions towards a world that is equitable for all.
HOW CAN I HELP ?
This weekend, the protests of the death of George Floyd has drawn global attention to the ongoing systemic issue of police brutality. Tens of thousands of people have poured into the streets of cities big and small all across the world proving once again that this issue is not an issue solely faced in the United States. In addition to raising awareness online and on social media, we’ve found a useful link that summarizes all the ways you can help.
The link features:
Petitions that can be signed;
Numbers for the District Attorney(s) and Mayor(s) offices calling them to action (phone call or text);
Places to donate to:
- Victims and their families
- Supporting the protestors
- Supporting black owned businesses
- Supporting the black community both in North America nd abroad; and