Reflections On Recent Events: A Message From Guy Lawrence
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the brutality and ensuing protests that have been occurring all over the United States. I suspect these events are weighing heavily on many of you, as they are on me. The tragic death of George Floyd has once again exposed a raw nerve that is felt across our country, Washington state included.
I have experienced a range of emotions - outrage to dismay - from the violence against people of color in this country, particularly against African Americans. In truth, I don't know what is the right thing to say. What I do know is that staying silent is not an option for me, and now is clearly a time to listen and to learn.
The Summit team is proud to witness growing diversity among both our staff and guests over the last several years. That said, I know we can and must do better. It is essential that we continue to challenge ourselves to see truth and act responsibly, to reject systemic, centuries-long injustices against the African American community, and to truly live up to our better selves, contributing in whatever way we can to real change. There is much to learn and there is work to do for all of us, no matter our walk of life.
As with any great challenge, it will take all of us to move through this together, leaving no one behind. Together with our PNW mountain community, my commitment is to learn and to act to relegate injustice and inequality to the past. The Summit team is currently reflecting on how to take this on board, to open our ears, our hearts, and our minds to bending the arc of history toward justice. It is imperative we do all that we can to embrace diversity within our mountain culture. And clearly, we can all do more, in our community and everywhere.
President & General Manager
The Summit at Snoqualmie