View the note MongoDB's CEO emailed to all employees.
MongoDB stands with the Black community against racism, violence and hate.
I have been both sickened and saddened by the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless other members of the Black community, all because of bigotry that is far too prevalent in our society.
I was struck by this poignant blog by Shenequa Golding. She talks of how black employees are exhausted, scared and shaken. Shenequa describes how young black professionals are recruited for their culture, but then told, in different ways, that their blackness and the struggles that come with it are to be left at the door.
I implore all of you not to leave your humanity at the door when you come to work for MongoDB. Permit yourselves to feel angry and upset about this violence, and be compassionate to your colleagues. There are many who are speaking out and protesting against these atrocities, but I worry that in a few weeks memories will fade and we all will get preoccupied with other things.
And nothing really will change.
If we truly want to live in a society where everyone -- no matter what they look like, where they are from, whom they love, or what God they pray to -- is treated equally, we cannot let this happen. To paraphrase Martin Luther King, the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression & cruelty by bad people, but the silence & indifference of good people. I encourage all of you to be agents of change.
Please reach out to me if you want to talk with me about your own feelings about this.