OMPA stands with the Black community against racial discrimination, violence and social injustice. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other unarmed Black people are not isolated events; these murders are part of the entrenched racism that permeates our society.
We realize that making this statement is not enough. We have a collective responsibility to take action. The truth is that this organization and the industry it represents—while able to adapt to changing technologies, pivot quickly to meet project deadlines, and adjust to demanding safety protocols—has been painfully slow to create racial equity.
We acknowledge the systemic racism within our industry and are committed to taking a leadership role in correcting the racial inequity that exists. This starts with looking internally at our organization and doing the work of examining our values and processes to do better.
Doing better also means listening and amplifying the Black voices and creatives in our community. It means asking every person of privilege and power to do the work to become educated, letting go of ego and fragility. It means consistently providing pathways and access to opportunities. It means having challenging conversations within the organization and the community at large.
This industry is nimble and creative and capable of so many seemingly impossible things. Let us work together towards substantial change with sustained effort.