The most recent killings of Black people at the hands of police – Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor – are tragically only the most recent reminders of the police brutality that our country has struggled with for decades, and of the broader racial injustice and inequality that has plagued us since inception. The racial problems we face as a country are both systemic in our institutions, and acute in our daily lives.
As a technology/cybersecurity company, Capsule8 is in a unique position to lead reform in an industry that has long-suffered from a lack of diversity, specifically from the Black communities. We realize like much of the industry, it’s a reaction. There’s no simple solution and we take this position seriously. In doing so, we also recognize our own shortcomings to date: not one member of our current leadership team is Black.
To address this, we have launched a framework that we believe will lead to near-term career opportunities for BIPOC communities both within our company and the wider technology industry, while doing our part to drive fundamental, long-term reform. The framework has three core tenets:
1. Creating Economic Opportunities – We will create and improve the economic circumstances of underrepresented communities by increasing our efforts to attract, hire, and mentor.
2. Spreading Tolerance and Acceptance – We will continue to educate and bring awareness through ongoing dialogue and dedicated training and teaching.
3. Supporting Reform – We will provide support (e.g. financial, volunteer, etc.) to organizations representing marginalized communities.
Within this framework, we will continually launch initiatives so that these tenets are ingrained in our company culture from this point forward. To facilitate, we have created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) department – with budget, goals, KPIs, etc – that will ensure that racial equality will be pari passu with all other strategic initiatives.
Additionally, many members of our team are raising funds or contributing to organizations supporting racial justice and equality. To double the impact, we are matching their contributions. As a start, our team used Summercon as a platform and raised over $14,000.
Finally, today our company is observing Juneteenth, a nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. While we realize this is a small gesture, we believe this symbolizes the launch of our renewed commitment to reform. We must continue to fight against the racial injustices that have continued since that day 155 years ago.
Change must come now, and Capsule8 stands with the thousands of protesters across the country who are committed to affecting real change today and beyond.