Following the tragedies of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other victims of police violence before them, all of us at Blue Owl have taken the past few weeks to listen, learn, and reflect. We see the systemic racism and brutality committed against people of color in our society, especially Black Americans. We share in the outrage and the need for more accountability, action, and justice. We hope the current outpouring of support across America and beyond will continue, and bring forth positive changes towards eliminating institutionalized racism. We understand such changes do not happen overnight, but require persistent effort and action from everyone. Our seven-person team has been discussing what we can do as individuals and as a business to contribute. To start, Blue Owl has donated over 10% of our sales from June 1-10, 2020 to the following organizations that we believe have proven their commitment to fighting for justice and equality:
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Fred T. Korematsu Center For Law and Equality
We believe in the objectives and actions of those organizations. NAACP fights for political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens on a national level. The Korematsu Center is based in our local Seattle community, and follows a mission to achieve justice and equality through research, advocacy, and education focused on the intersecting relationships between law and categories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age, and disability.
We are thankful for the support you, our customers, have shown us, especially through the past few trying months. We are always amazed by your kindness and generosity. We look forward to listening, learning, working alongside you to better serve our community.
Blue Owl Team