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A Message to Our Listeners from Santiago Jaramillo

Jun 04, 2020 | 00:00

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Episode Description

The last few days have been grief-filled in our city and country. People are hurting. Hearts are crying for change. This episode is an honest reflection from Emplify’s CEO Santiago Jaramillo.

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Episode Transcription

[00:00:03] Hi, Insight's listeners, this is Santiago CEO and co-founder of Emplify. And I wanted to take a pause from a previously scheduled content and share my thoughts on an experience with you.

[00:00:16] As we as we know, the last few days have been grief filled in our city and country.

[00:00:20] People are hurting. Hearts are crying for change. Now, I will never comprehend what it is like to be black in the U.S. or anywhere around the world. But as as an immigrant of Colombia, I experience a very small taste of what it's like to be judged and treated differently for being anything other than white. And speaking anything other than perfect English. When I arrived here in the States in fifth grade and it was it was dehumanizing that that bullying and harassment makes you feel totally helpless, threatens to eat away at your sense of self-worth. And then when using my words, which were not eloquent at the time, didn't change anything. Violence felt like to me the only option to make it stop. I got into a lot of regretable fist fights in middle school, several out of direct desperation to stop the harassment. And none of it is right. But my heart is broken. For those who have endured that pain free day of their lives. So much worse, ending systemic racism won't happen overnight. But how much of a C4 of a world would it be for people of color tomorrow if every individual to just one step today?

[00:01:35] Personally, I've decided to support the National Police Accountability Project, which helps protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel. There are so many ways take that step in a way that is authentic to each of us individually. That's just me. So we know that now more than ever, we must continue to nourish our current and aspirational culture of care and inclusiveness that acknowledges, appreciates, celebrates and protects everyone equally, especially those oppressed.