The Kynect corporate office will be closed tomorrow, June 19. Read this message from our Founder to learn why.
A Message From Founder Rob Snyder
The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and other black American citizens were the catalysts that energized nationwide demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now more than ever, Americans are inescapably aware of the deep societal scars borne by our black citizenry.
But the reality is that these protests and demonstrations were not ultimately rooted in these recent inhumane killings, or the years of repetitive and unwarranted slayings of black men, or even the broader concepts of fighting police brutality or inequalities in law enforcement. Ultimately, what drove these protests is the systemic racism and oppression that too often prevents Black Americans from receiving equal opportunity, justice or treatment.
It should be obvious to anyone who has spent time within the Kynect Army that our movement includes people from every part of the rainbow. We have tried (if imperfectly) since our founding to afford opportunity to all who wanted to improve their lives and help others – regardless of race, creed or sexuality.
Among The Four Mantras, you have often heard my dictate to Be Transparent. Following upon this lead, our corporate & field leaderships have pointed to this founding phrase as empowerment for Kynect team members to be proud of who they are, where they came from and what they have to offer to our movement.
Nonetheless, it weighs heavy on our collective hearts that the black men and women of this country are, in fact, not afforded equal right to live so freely and proudly. I believe that every human being is made in the image of our Maker: and thus, that every child of God is entitled to respect, honor and dignity. If for no other grounds then, the racist oppression suffered by the black American community is a crime against God’s creation and accordingly intolerable.
In Luke, Chapter 15, appears The Parable Of The Lost Sheep, wherein the shepherd leaves unattended his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one sheep that was missing and rejoices when it was found. The message of this parable is not that the ninety-nine sheep of the flock were unimportant, but rather that -- under the circumstances -- the single sheep in distress was paramount.
We stand in solidarity with the wounded members of our Kynect Family and our nation’s black community as a whole. We keenly understand there is a hunger for inclusion and a need for justice. And now more than ever, we vow to work to be part of the solution to the age-old plagues of discrimination and social injustice.
Towards this end, Kynect will be making an annual and recurring donation to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF). Established by the honorable Thurgood Marshall in 1940, the NAACP LDF focuses on upholding civil rights and achieving equality through structural change and racial justice.
Furthermore and as of today, we are announcing that Kynect will be closing its corporate offices tomorrow, June 19th, in reflection and celebration of Juneteenth: the oldest known celebration, dating back to 1865, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. (If you are unaware of the history and underlying origins of the Juneteenth tradition, we encourage you to find a terrific explication here.)
Moreover, our corporate office and operations will remain closed in honor and memorial of Juneteenth during 2021, 2022 and beyond… and until such distant day as our society has substantially rid itself of racial discrimination borne of injustice and unequal opportunity. And the passing of June 19th each year will cause those in the Kynect Nation to reflect upon progress made as well as that progress which remains to be achieved.
It is going to take a long time to change our world, Gang. But every great journey starts with a few small steps – and this work is only a beginning. We can and must do more – and absolutely hope you choose to join this fight with us.