Like so many Americans, we at McNaul Ebel have witnessed the profound reaction to George Floyd’s tragic death in Minneapolis and other senseless killings of African Americans. Thousands of Puget Sound residents are making their voices heard, including many of our employees, families, friends, and neighbors. We honor those exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest injustice, and we stand in solidarity with those calling for America to recognize that Black Lives Matter and to face the reality of systemic racism.
Unlawful discrimination and violence against Black Americans are not new. The playing field has never been even. For too long, discrimination and systemic racism have been ignored and downplayed. Privilege has allowed some Americans to ignore that reality. But we can no longer do so. The stakes are too high, and the damage too great. We can and must do better.
McNaul Ebel is proud of its record of representing people of color, women, and immigrants in cases alleging discrimination and retaliation. At the same time, the Black Lives Matter movement has forced us to acknowledge the privilege we enjoy as a law firm, and that some of us enjoy as individuals. Many of us do not know what it’s like to endure racism and other forms of insidious discrimination. Going forward as a firm, we are committed to listening, learning, and taking action.
In reflecting on what we as a law firm can do better, we have decided to make a significant donation to Rainier Scholars (https://www.rainierscholars.org), a program that offers a pathway to college graduation for hard-working, low-income students of color. We plan to sustain our financial support of this and other local organizations working toward racial justice and equality, and to look for additional opportunities to make a difference.
During this pivotal and necessary moment in history, we give thanks to you, our community, for your resilience, vision, and determination.