Black Lives Matter – Statement from Michael Ray, CEO

Published June 3, 2020

 

There is a recurring and disturbing theme of systematic racism that continues to unfold around us which is unacceptable. We are heartbroken and enraged by the treatment of people of color in America. In no way is this a new issue, but this moment in time is unique. To be silent is to be complicit. For everyone at Bloom Farms, black lives matter.

Working in cannabis over the past decade, I have been interrogated, arrested, and even incarcerated, but I am also aware that my white male privilege nearly guarantees I will never be held down and choked to death. 

This is yet another wake-up call to the injustices that exist for PoC in this country and it is unacceptable. It cannot continue. Every person needs to feel safe. Every person needs to know that they can live in peace. It’s up to all of us to live, promote, and enforce a set of values that supports what we believe in.

Again, to be silent is to be complicit. We must compel our leaders to find the courage to make change. If they can’t find the courage necessary, they must be replaced. 

Everyone has a role and a voice. Every violator of human rights, including those ordered to protect and to serve, needs to be held accountable. 

We grieve as a group for young men like George and Ahmaud, who now represent the all too many precious lives taken before them.

We can never forget the gravity of this moment and how we each contribute to this turning point. Despite discomfort or confusion, we are obligated to continue this dialogue and take action with our friends, neighbors, and leaders. Stand up to make the world better and safer for all people of color. 

If you are located in the Bay Area, please consider joining me and my team in peaceful protest tomorrow (June 3, 2020) at Mission High School in San Francisco at 4PM.

If you are unable to protest, take action by contacting your local representatives to demand change. The list for CA representatives can be found HERE