Over the last few weeks on a variety of platforms, I’ve made mistake after mistake while trying to address the tragic killing of George Floyd and express my support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
People have called me out on it, and I deserve everything they’ve said. Despite the tone-deaf nature of a blog post I made last week and the tone-policing I did in the comments, a number of people spoke up, and I’m forever grateful for those who did. Thank you to Jayme, Nicole, Dusty, Elizabeth, Daniel, Lindsay, Eric, Sara, and Marguerite.
While this was happening, behind the scenes at my company, Stonemaier Games, we were crafting a statement about how we stand against racial injustice and police brutality. At first it was just a statement, but thanks to some healthy challenges, we realized that a statement isn’t enough. We wanted to make a declaration of quantifiable actions that we could take to address systemic racism and racial injustice.
It took some time, but we’re in this for the long haul. This isn’t a bandaid or a quick patch job. I’m committed to lasting change, personally and professionally, starting with–but not limited to–the goals outlined below. Thank you to everyone (internally and externally) who contributed to this statement, including Joe, Lydia, Elizabeth, David, Jen, Vitaliy, Craig, Jason, Alan, Michael, Megan, Ryan, Christine, Morten, and Micah.