Our country is in such a turbulent, fragile state that we haven’t seen perhaps ever. We are currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced us to evaluate our hygiene, our business practices, and interpersonal relationships. It has disrupted thousands of people and businesses financially, emotionally and spiritually. But there is another pandemic-like crisis that we must deal with.
That crisis is racism.
Yes, I’m a black man in America. I grew up to two Haitian immigrant parents who came to the United States in 1969 and 1970 respectively. They overcame not only racial barriers, but also cultural and language barriers. Growing up as one of the few black families at the time in Katy, Texas, I witnessed racism up close and personal. Whether it was my father being fired for standing up for being called the N-word at his job; the country club that constantly reminded our family that we were the first black family they let in; or, when I played basketball as a child, when grown adults yelled racial epithets at me and a black teammate because we were defeating their children in a basketball championship.
That said — no matter what — I was raised to not hate those who oppressed and attacked us for the color of our skin. I was taught to constantly surround myself with people that are different than me so that I can see the whole world and serve the world!
That upbringing is why, at Pierre Accounting, I am blessed to lead a diverse workforce, and we have a healthy mix of men and women. Regardless of your race or age, we know that we all have one common goal, which is how to manage our money and to build a legacy. Our diverse firm gives us that ability to help everyone accomplish those financial goals, no matter who or what you are!
Our diversity and our commitment to intolerance of any sort of racism, discrimination, sexism or any other form of degrading of humanity is why we are diverse. It is why we are committed to the long battle of defeating racism. We will continue to take a stand. We will continue to work diligently in having a diverse team and partnering with our communities so that we can not only change your world financially but be part of social change.
This battle is not easy.
For some of you, you might not know what to say, and that is okay. This is a fight that must be taken on day by day, and the best place to start is to find someone different than you. Just listen, ask questions, and be open-minded. The possibilities from there are endless, and you may end up wealthier in many ways beyond finances.