It was a packed house at COMTO’s Town Hall on Race as the transportation community gathered virtually to take off our masks and let our voices be heard concerning police brutality and racism in our country. Led by COMTO National Board Chair, Freddie Fuller, and President and CEO, Brad Mims, attendees were encouraged to be open and honest about their thoughts and feelings about recent events surrounding the killing of George Floyd by police, subsequent protests and racism in general.
Some topics offered up by attendees include:
- Frustration of African American employees at having to mask their pain at work and recent events not being acknowledged by their employers.
- Being a parent of African American children and the fears for their safety and having to explain to them the injustices in this country.
- The role of leadership.
- Ensuring hiring of African American professionals and inclusion of African American businesses in procurement.
- How to leverage this moment to make lasting change.
Board Chair Fuller ended the town hall with a quote from James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
With that COMTO vowed to continue the conversation and come up with some actionable steps.
You can listen to the recording below or here.