- 01 Jun
- Steve Marsi
We Stand With You
All of us at Mediavine are deeply upset about the racism embedded in every aspect of our society, as epitomized by the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
We don’t have the answers to such ingrained and complex problems, but we stand with our employees and publishers of color, and black and brown people across the world.
Combatting racism requires structural changes from all of us, particularly those born into positions of privilege who have been on the sidelines for too long.
The events of the past week have been eye-opening in terms of how much more we need to do — and how sadly, common such incidents are for minority communities.
When people ask what we are most proud of about Mediavine, my answer is the community we’ve built: A group of 7,000 publishers and 80 employees who help, celebrate and ultimately benefit each other.
We are exponentially better for the diversity, equality and inclusion within our company. Our goal is to reflect our publisher base, which in turn reflects our society racially, socio-economically and geographically.
It’s what makes a community, and what has made our company and the many publishers we serve successful. But, it’s also not enough.
The death of Mr. Floyd is not only a tragedy in human terms, but sadly indicative of what people of color have faced for generations.
It is a sobering reminder of how much further we have to go to fight systemic inequality and racism, that is so often ignored, and amplify the voices that must be heard.
While this is important to say publicly today, it is on our minds every day and this is not the end of our discussions of the matter, but the beginning of a long process of self-evaluation and action.
Mediavine is committed to doing its part, not just lip service. We are already working on a number of initiatives to empower people of color, both internally and externally, that we will announce soon.
From the sharing of resources and financial support, to using this incredible platform you’ve helped us build in more inclusive and different ways, we are on this journey together now.
There’s a lot more work to be done. Let’s get to it.