Black Lives Matter. We believe this fundamentally and assert it emphatically. In recent weeks, we have seen forceful demonstrations and powerful voices speaking a truth that has long been ignored or erased: America suffers from systemic racism, a problem rooted in the origins of the country that continues to express itself today and evolve in new and unacceptable ways. The grievous killing of George Floyd is, tragically, just one example of an issue that we grapple with too often in this country. That must stop. However possible, we must work to end the circumstances that led to his killing, the deaths of countless others, and the oppression of generations of Americans.
As a vehicle hauler brokerage, we realize we’re not at the nexus of these issues, but we’re not exempt from them either. The transportation, logistics, and automotive industries have all played complicated roles in this country’s unequal treatment of black and brown people. We cannot deny that history or rectify it – but we can work to make the future better than the past.
Like Bubba Wallace, who bravely pushed Nascar to ban confederate flags, we believe we have a responsibility to speak out wherever possible and stand up for justice without compromise. At the same time, we recognize the need to listen and learn from this experience to overcome unconscious biases and misconceptions. This is a moment for both reflection and action.
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as saying, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” One law that will go a long way toward stopping the senseless killing of black and brown Americans is ending police qualified immunity. Other measures should include banning chokeholds. This and more should be done immediately because if not now … when?
To that end, we are having open and honest conversations within our own organization and taking a hard look at our industry as a whole. Moving forward, we will work to create an equal and conscientious space for people of color within our workforce, among our customers, and for the vehicle haulers, we work with. This is the minimum we can do, and it’s just the start of our efforts as we explore how to do our part and become leaders within our industry.
To all those working for justice, Direct Express Auto Transport stands with you.