Like millions of Americans, I have been horrified by the recent violent deaths of African-Americans that have once again shocked the conscience of this country. The cell phone videos of George Floyd dying as a Minneapolis police officer’s knee was on his neck, Ahmaud Arbery shot down while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor who was shot in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky while sleeping, and the New York Central Park incident with bird watcher Christian Cooper have been deeply painful to watch and have once again laid bare long-standing racial inequities in America.
It is all the more troubling that these senseless killings have occurred at a time that the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting people of color across the U.S., and illuminating sharp disparities in access to quality healthcare. The coronavirus has given rise to xenophobia, misinformation, racial stereotyping and fear around the globe – reactions we must all reject in order to come together and work as one on our shared societal problems.
As we process these recent events, know that Mallinckrodt strongly condemns racism, hatred and personal stereotyping in any form. Diversity, justice and respect is paramount during these troubling times. I want to reemphasize that inclusion and diversity are at the core of who we are as a company, and that we are strengthened by the varied identities, experiences, cultures and views of our great employees. We are committed to fostering a safe and welcoming work environment where each employee can come to work as their full-self, deserving of respect and dignity.
We can and must do better than what these recent incidents have exposed once again. As a nation, we must finally address and end the harsh reality of systemic racism. We agree with those who are asking, “when is enough, enough?” We must come together as a country and as a community and stamp out these injustices, once and for all.
I encourage each of you to check-in on your family, friends and colleagues and ask how they are doing and talk openly about your thoughts and feelings. It is through communication that is respectful and without judgment that we can work together to influence change. It is time for us to support one another.
President and Chief Executive Officer