Since the 60’s when I stood alongside young people of all colors and marched on Washington, I’ve stood firm that racism has no place in our society. The inequality and fear that our country has imposed upon the Black community must stop. The systemic racism that these families endure; the injustices of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others who came before them has lasted too long.
As a white man, I will never understand that fear and pain, but I do stand knowing that racism is wrong, and I want to be part of the solution. In my personal life, it is my duty and obligation to instill these values in my children and my grand-children. Professionally, I can ensure my eponymous brand and the team stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter mission, for the fight against the systematic inequality in our country.
We are a company committed to celebrating uniqueness and diversity of people, and through our parent company Caleres, we will be making a donation to the following organizations, in support of the fight to end racial injustice:
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Black Lives Matter and the Minnesota Freedom Fund
No words, no donation, no ideas will ever be enough until there is action. In addition to our first donation, we will use our platform as a brand to celebrate creators of diversity as a means of amplifying their voice and vision. If you are not a creator, but rather an idea maker, we will listen. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please reach out to us at SamCares@SamEdelman.com.
We hope that these will serve as a starting place for the long road ahead of us. More action is needed, and it will follow.
Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.