Citi CFO speaks out about racism against Black Americans & denial of fundamental human rights
"I can't breathe," 29 May 2020
I can't breathe... George Floyd.. can be heard saying them, pleading for his life... While a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. While three other officers stood by and WATCHED.
... Even though I'm the CFO of a global bank, the killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky are reminders of the dangers Black Americans like me face in living our daily lives. Despite the progress the United States has made, Black Americans are too often denied basic privileges that others take for granted... fundamental human and civil rights and the dignity and respect that comes with them... Racism continues to be at the root of so much pain and ugliness in our society – from the streets of Minneapolis to the disparities inflicted by COVID-19. As long as that's true, America's twin ideals of freedom and equality will remain out of reach.
... I'm proud to work at Citi, an organization that cherishes diversity and inclusion and is willing to stand up for those values when they are threatened, whether it's working to close the gender pay gap in our industry or calling out the violence of white supremacists in Charlottesville... These systemic problems will not go away until we confront them head on. So we must continue to speak up and speak out whenever we witness hatred, racism or injustice.