Troy Chamber Members,
As a child, I grew up in the city of Detroit and saw that ALL (not some) of my black friends were treated differently, in everyday scenarios. I remember feeling sad and confused why my friends would not go to certain stores with me, because they would be followed or why they wouldn’t ride their bikes into the neighboring suburb because of the fear of the police stopping them.
While we grew up on the same block and with similar backgrounds, our opportunities and freedoms were very different based solely on skin color. I witnessed at a very young age that life wasn’t really fair and equal for all.
Discrimination against minorities is still present and impacts us all. Over the past few weeks, I have participated in many town halls and conversations on race and inequality, while collectively trying to understand what role the chamber can play in creating racial equality and equity in the business communities that we serve.
We know there is much to do to learn, grow, and speak out against racial injustice and are dedicated to doing our part. As we stand in solidarity for those impacted by racism, we acknowledge the need for change in our society. We remain fully committed to listen, learn, grow, and speak out against racial injustice.
On July 8
, the Troy Chamber, along with the event’s presenting sponsor,
, and supporting sponsors,
will be hosting a virtual panel discussion around Building a Strong, Diverse, and Inclusive Business Culture to help provide our companies with the tools to fight against racism.