Acknowledging What is Happening Around the Country

  • Jun 8, 2020

Angry.
Disturbed.
Upset.
Frustrated.
Troubled.

I feel all these things as I see what is happening in our country after the brutal and unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others before them.

For me, it is a scary thought to see the faces of the people I love in these men, – my nephews, friends, and colleagues, I also see myself. Deep down I know that we are all at risk of experiencing the same thing.

It is in this spirit that I address you today.

As a firm, and as individuals, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. When I say a solution, it is more than helping to “fix” broken windows, and clean up broken glass, although we are thankful to those of you that are helping with those efforts. Our true responsibility is to acknowledge the real issues – the racism, police brutality, and systematic and socioeconomic inequities that affect the black community and all disadvantaged communities in our country. None of us should condone riots, but I am reminded by the words of Dr. King, that riots are the language of the unheard. It is time for us a nation to slow down and truly hear what is being said.

At Beck, we give back to communities in need through volunteerism, pro bono projects, donations, and our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. It is clear; we must do more. This is why Beck is committing to double down and do more to support communities in need. I don’t know what that looks like right now, but we will develop a plan and share it with you.

The United States is the best country in the world; that doesn’t mean it is a perfect country. We have work to do to get better. I find strength and solace knowing that I get to do it with you, some of the most compassionate and caring people on the planet.

As we move into our work week, please take a moment to pray for our country and our communities, pray for the many good officers in blue, and the first responders that put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Pray for those amongst us, whose lives are ravaged by this pandemic, and are still living in distressed and frustrating situations.

We can get better, and if we all lean in, we will get better.

Fred Perpall
Chief Executive Officer, The Beck Group