Disney Has Released a Statement for Employees on the Killing of George Floyd and the Current ‘Unrest’

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Bob Iger has posted about the letter they sent out to cast members on the current situation with the killing of George Floyd and the current situation gripping the country.

 

Iger along with CEO Bob Chapek and Disney’s Chief Diversity Officer, Latondra Newton, sent out the following message:

Resolve in a Time of Unrest: A Message to Fellow Employees

Dear Fellow Employee,

The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens in our nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds, including many of our employees. Feelings of grief and anger cause us to confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable – and less worthy of dignity, care and protection – than the lives of others.

While these devastating incidents are not new, there’s something unique about what’s happening in this moment. The pandemic coupled with these recent injustices have pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open.

We, too, are struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies that leave us feeling overcome with sorrow. While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain. We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.

We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change.

Bob Chapek, Bob Iger & Latondra Newton

Many were waiting for a statement from Disney, so now we have one.
I do appreciate this sentence:

While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain.”

I think that sums it up pretty well. I wish so much that we had the answers because I think all of us want to see positive change.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Bob Iger on Twitter

 

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