Speaking up on racism

At this moment, there is a pain deeply etched in the hearts and souls of millions across the globe. The events of the last few weeks have shone a light on the horrific impacts of systemic racism that have eroded our society for centuries.

That painful past is still present today — not just in the past few weeks of violence and in the tragic death of George Floyd, but in the everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination. We see it in our criminal justice system, our educational system, and in our workplaces. And while our laws have changed, with time, the reality is our culture and actions haven’t changed. The energy industry itself employs fewer African Americans than the broader American workforce, and this has to change.

At Pink Petro and Experience Energy, our mission has been and always will be to create a community that empowers and inspires the energy industry to fuel our world for the better. We’ve always drawn strength from diversity and endeavored to serve billions the much needed resources we need to drive prosperity and equity.

We must do more and our work is now more critical than ever. We commit to looking inward and pushing progress forward on inclusion, so that every voice can be heard, and face can be seen. We commit to building ally-ship not just across the energy industry, but across every intersectional piece of fabric of humanity. We need women, men, people of all backgrounds, races, nationalities and generations to power our world.

Race, energy and our environment are at a tipping point. To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions and must push aside the desire to be comfortable and to return to “business as usual”. To the Black community — we see you and we hear you. You matter and your lives matter.

And we will do better, together.