Our country has experienced a sense of unrest this past week in regards to the untimely death of George Floyd and with the riots and civil protests that have followed. This weekend Bob Chapek, Bob Iger, and Latondra Newton share their resolve to Disney Cast Members in the light of the most recent events.
To Disney Employees
Yesterday, an email was sent to all Walt Disney employees regarding these most recent events. This email was written jointly by Disney’s current CEO, Bob Chapek; Disney Chairman, Bob Iger; and Disney Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Latondra Newton.
This email was addressed to all who are employed by the Walt Disney Company and states:
“The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens inner nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds, including many of our employees. Feelings of grief and anger cause us to confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable- and less worthy of dignity, care and protection- than the lives of others.”
“While these devastating incidents are not new, there’s something unique about what’s happening in this moment. The pandemic coupled with these recent injustices have pushed the issues of radical disparity into the open.”
We, too, are struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies that leave us feeling overcome with sorrow. While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure were are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain. We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.”
“We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as along as it takes to bring about real change.”
Bob Iger Shares
Former Walt Disney CEO and current Disney Chairman, Bob Iger, shared this heartfelt email on Twitter as well:
Even while our country may seem to be divided and in a state of unrest, the Walt Disney Company promises to “foster a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain.”