Originally published on LinkedIn on June 1, 2020.
I wanted to reach out with a statement so that there is no uncertainty about our values as an organization.
If you know me, then you know I tend to lead not with my emotions but with data and logic.
However, today is different. I mourn together with and for the family of George Floyd and the many other black families who have lost loved ones because of racism.
As a white woman born and raised in Germany, the striving for racial justice has motivated me my whole life. It’s one of the key reasons I am working in international development. Nevertheless, I won’t pretend to understand the struggle of black communities in the U.S. and what it means to be discriminated against every day. Many people are hurting right now. Their rage and suffering stem from not having been seen and heard for hundreds of years.
Now is not the time for silence, and I want to make two things very clear:
- I personally and we as an organization stand for black lives, and stand against racism, hate, and inequity. #BlackLivesMatter
- I am committed to ensure that the work we do as the Cloudera Foundation reflects that – how we do our work and with whom.