We are re-opening August 1, 2020. We are preparing to do this as safely as possible, to best serve our clients and the community where we live. We’ve had an opportunity to consider the effects of the coronavirus. We also recognize a pandemic that has been overlooked for far too long: Racism. We would like to share our values surrounding race, and what matters to our family and our business.
The Confederacy were traitors, and they lost. Time to place the symbols of hate where they belong…in museums with correct historical context, not displayed as celebratory monuments wishing for “the good ol’ days.” Yes, I am talking about the Confederate Flag, statues of Confederate Generals, and business leaders who built their empires on the backs of slaves. Celebrating them is disgusting.
Anyone who reads that and is offended can find a kennel where racism will be tolerated. Take your business elsewhere. This is non-negotiable.
We are a mixed-race couple. I love my wife (who is not “white”). I love everyone in her family (none of whom are “white”). I have seen the damage done first hand when someone you love comes home crying because they were treated differently than the tall white women in line in front of her. The first few times, I think I tried to ignore it. Nope. It’s a real thing, and it continues.
My close family includes mixed-race children, and I love them. I want people to treat them equally, for them to be able to reach their dreams, and live in peace.
We hope that our clients who have gotten to know us already know where we stand on this issue without even asking. But now is the time to make our position clear. It is not enough to not be racist. You must be anti-racist. Silence is acceptance of the status quo.
Three of the most honorable and influential people I have ever had in my life were black men. I am forever grateful for the lessons they shared with me. They helped me become the person I am today.
I have served in the Army with the Sons and Daughters of every state in this country. I’ve lived in Europe, Central America, nine different US States, and traveled throughout Asia extensively. I’ve visited 40 states and ten countries so far. I’ve met a lot of different people in a lot of different places and situations. The most important thing I have learned is that people are people.
For those of you who are still reading, I will leave you with this. I love ice cream, especially Ben & Jerry’s, and now I love theirs even more:
We miss you all and hope to see you soon.