I decided to name my company "Do Better" because it is a common refrain from me:
* Narrow sidewalks that can't accommodate wheelchairs or any other mobility supports - do better.
* Finding out that you only reach out to your donors when you are asking for their money - do better.
* Using the term "diversity of thought" regarding your all-white staff - do better.
The term captures both my judgment and my optimism - I know y'all can do better, and some of you certainly can't do worse. I hope that this is a moment where we learn to do better as a nation, to all of our citizens. Doing better is hard, but seriously: the bar is set so low. One of the most comfortable groups on the planet - white Americans - is being asked to be okay with discomfort. There have been very few moments when we have been asked for this, and even fewer when we have granted it. This is scary for some, maybe because we intuitively know what our privilege has cost other people and we don't want to pay those costs ourselves. If that's where you are right now, let me say to you: you can do better and be better than that.
Luckily, our sector is full of examples of how to be courageous and lead our communities responsibly. If you are looking for examples, here are a few places to start. I'm sure there are more all around you, just take the time to listen.