As protests and violence swept the United States, Indian-American former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has mentioned everybody has a duty to acknowledge this ache and the systemic racism that has brought on it.
“This previous week, we’ve seen thousands and thousands of Americans vocalize their ache in protests throughout the nation responding to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmadu Arbery,” Nooyi mentioned in a assertion posted on twitter with hashtag Black Lives Matter.
Considered to be the worst-ever civil unrest within the US in a long time, violent protests have engulfed at the least 140 cities throughout the nation within the days following the dying of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man who was pinned to the bottom in Minneapolis on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.
“We all have a responsibility to recognize this pain and the systemic racism that has caused it, and also to act by listening, reading, and supporting organizations that make justice their mission. This is especially important if you come from a place of privilege that protects you in some capacity,” wrote the highest India American company chief, who’s counted among the many world’s strongest ladies.
“As we all consider how to heal this wound, I ask that we not lose sight of the power of our voices. I’ve always believed that confronting bias publicly is essential. If you see a bad actor, say it out loud and set an example for those around you,” she mentioned.
“And don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. Instead, be eager to participate in conversations that may make you uncomfortable and commit to learn more. It may not be easy, but it is critical,” she asserted.
Nooyi cautioned that the street forward will “undoubtedly be challenging”, and the size of the work that wants to be achieved is staggering.
“Let’s vow to be kind, to roll up our sleeves, and to be part of the force that bends this path toward justice,” she mentioned.