Dear EAST COBBER Community,
As we grapple with the ugly reality of the systemic racism that plagues our country, we as parents/good citizens/decent human beings know we must do better. On Tuesday, EAST COBBER went dark on social media to stand up against hate, intolerance and injustice. The idea of #blackouttuesday was to pause and stop talking so we can do a better job of listening to the disenfranchised voices that are grieving and hurting. That’s exactly what we did Tuesday and what we promise to continue doing.
As parents, we must stay committed to having honest conversations with our kids about racism and the need to speak out against it, even when it’s uncomfortable. As good citizens and decent human beings, we must no longer be silent about the anti-racism we see or hear about in everyday life and in our conversations.
As a publishing company, we vow to do more to amplify the voices of the black community and all people of color. The brutal suffocation of George Floyd and the many other tragedies that came before must end. We know that with more empathy and compassion, we can get to a better place. We must. East Cobb’s, Georgia’s and the United States’ biggest strength lies in its diversity and we know that we’re stronger when people of all backgrounds work together in the spirit of understanding. Please share your ideas and feedback by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to listen, learn and do our part to be better.
Cynthia Rozzo, Publisher
and the EAST COBBER team