CBAC stands together with the black community and supports the peaceful protests and rallies of so many crying out for the end of racial injustice and racial inequalities. We are heartbroken by the horrible, unjustifiable deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, and the devastation to their families, communities and our nation. We also want the conversations that are happening today to continue, and that they lead to real change that unites us all.
As Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. said, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal," and, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." As individuals and as an organization, we have had increased conversations these past several weeks about systemic racism and anti-racist vs. non-racist beliefs and actions, internally and externally. While we have always had these conversations on some levels, the recent events have sparked even more thoughtful, overdue conversations for better understanding to end systemic racism and unconscious bias in our country. We must all strive to become anti-racist, defined as speaking up and acting against racist comments and behaviors whenever they occur. As Dr. King further said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
CBAC believes that we are at the point of significant change that will benefit all of us as human beings. As Dr. King said, "Only when it's dark enough, can you see the stars." We proudly remain dedicated to our mission to serve small businesses, especially those owned by women, minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+, and the communities they enrich with their entrepreneurial spirit and the services they provide to all of us. We join with other CDFIs, industry partners, and all organizations and individuals who believe in and support equitable opportunities for all people in affirming our commitment to social justice.