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Jon Bach (President)

The Path to Change

Written on June 17, 2020 by Jon Bach
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George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Philando Castile. Stephon Clark. Botham Jean. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown.

These names and others have reignited a human rights movement, which is casting light on problems in our society that stem from racial inequality and injustice. While we have never publicly taken a stance on social issues in the past, I feel that we can no longer remain quiet. Tension is high, but the conversations are open. This is a sad, yet hopeful, time.

Black Lives Matter.

This phrase has been politicized and scrutinized. But it's also been elevated and celebrated. Like so much that is going on in our own country right now, we are a divided nation. But I also have hope. People are talking with each other, posting on social media, and taking to the streets. Having these conversations is tough. It's uncomfortable, but it is also a good thing. We do not grow by being comfortable.

You may have recently seen blog posts by Cameran and Arianna here at Puget Systems. We see them as family. It is devastating to know that members of our family have to think twice when they go to the grocery store, to the park, or for a jog because of the color of their skin. We don’t normally venture into topics like this on our blog, but I made an exception in this case, in order to help amplify what they have to say.

The tech industry has not done a good job with diversity and equality. At Puget Systems, we’ve been working on that the past few years. I’m thankful to work with such a great group of people, who can do that respectfully and with the motive to make each other better. I believe that change starts with each of us individually.

We want to play a part in change outside the walls of Puget Systems as well. I want to put action behind those words. That is why I am announcing that we will be matching all donations to the NAACP Empowerment Program, made through the link below, up to $20,000. Their mission aligns with our values, “to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination”.

Each of our voices may be small, but together we can make a difference, and we’re already seeing signs of that happening! This is a painful time for our country, but it is also a time of renewed hope, where we have a chance to grow and better live up to the principles on which this country was founded.

jaundicedave

Really inspiring to see this! Will absolutely keep Puget at the top of my list for the next time my company is looking for a workstation.

Posted on 2020-06-18 14:41:01
H_Wellington

Thank you for the courage to make a statement and do something!

Posted on 2020-06-18 16:15:41
Elliot Kramer

My next system (which I may be getting in the next few days) is definitely coming from you. I hope the whole country is finally awakening to the realities that people of color face each day.

Posted on 2020-06-18 17:20:35
Gregory Alexandr

Human Resources,

I am on the other side of the idea .. I have travelled throughout this country (top .001% in air miles), not just large cities but small out of the way places most people would not visit.

Jon, statistics show 97% of murdered brown skinned people, are murdered by there own people .. Where are the people when these particular crimes occur? We hear the serenade of crickets, the people are at home doing nothing to minimise/curve the violence within their neighbourhoods (boots on the ground).

Ex: The other day, I was speaking to an attorney, he resided in a neighbourhood which happen to be the location of a HELL'S ANGEL club house. What he noticed in the decades he spent in that location was crime was everywhere else with the exception neighbourhood. Why? We know why? The neighbourhood was very quiet at night, picturesque with all the beautiful Harley Davidson's parked on the street.

While I was younger, I worked for a person who chose to reside in a neighbourhood where gun fire was heard nightly, in fact, on night, weapons fire pierced the exterior walls, penetrating the interior walls of her apartment (she rented) when she told me this story. I asked, 'Why don't you move?', Her reply, 'I need too'. Did she, 'NO'. (That neighbourhood she resided was in Minneapolis, I resided in MN for over a decade)

Choices people make in their lives and more importantly the effect of those choices are seldom thought about. That requires critical thinking skills, and many do not acquire this level of thinking .. it is personal responsibility deliberating liabilities in life, choices we make in life which affect people, their lives, their families.

To date, why are people classified by race, a thinking process or programming process, the brain being the ultimate computer .. what goes in, results come out.

There are deeper questions at hand, not just the actions of barbarism, terrorism and plain stupidity.

For those of you who are reading this post, I am Sephardim (Spanish Jewish lineage and Chiricahua Apache) having experience the best and worst of human nature.

I have friends up and down the income scale, having learned from all of them, some are doctors, politicians, others are mechanics, field workers, the list goes on. I do not discriminate against people due to their profession or what they look like, let their character determine the depth of friendship, if friendship is offered I will always take that path. Is this hard for people to do or are we defined by environment, comfort or level of success which can inadvertently add to separation? Is that a choice, or are people to busy to understand what is happening?

Does anyone see the nature of human beings changing in the near future? We qualify as a extremely violent species, do you think we can reverse such speciality, since it has taken so long to develop these skills? And if the species changes, how long we that take? What happens in between? More chaos, more disruption, perhaps a civil war, socialism, communism, will we have a society where all people have a fair chance at school, employment, purchasing a home, vacations, investing for retirement, does this society exist now?

The question is whether the reader understands or has the depth of perception?? It is your ability to educate yourself or not, which has a better result in one journey through life?

Generalizing

Life and Financial Stability .. Education, Gainful Employment, Financial Literacy.

Posted on 2020-06-18 19:32:46
Bill Rubin

Thank you, Jon, for making an exception and speaking up in these exceptional times. I'm using my new Puget Serenity system, which was delivered a week before the pandemic shut everything down, to communicate with many activists who have been fighting for years for criminal justice reform, which disproportionately affects people of color. Now is indeed the time for speaking up, and for action! We won't see another chance like this for a generation.

Posted on 2020-06-19 16:56:58
Ge Ef

Yea, just stick to making computers. You dont need to comment on issues you are completely ignorant about.

Posted on 2020-06-21 13:00:30
Protagonistic

Wait, hold on a sec. Did you just tell somebody that they aren’t allowed to have an opinion about something they feel deeply about? Who are you to be telling people what they can talk about, exactly? Just stick to yourself, you don’t need to comment on issues you clearly have no experience dealing in. ✌️

Posted on 2020-06-22 05:58:00
disqus_NKlrrmpHlb

No. Im tired of seeing every company, politician, celebrity, music artist, act like they care deeply about an issue only when it becomes a part of the mainstream narrative, thousands of black people have killed other black people and where was the sobbing virtue signaling post from everyone then? Nowhere to be seen, and what about David Dorn?

A retired police officer that was killed by another black person that then went on to rob the store he was defending, no post for him?
But George Floyd a man that had a dishonorable criminal history who was murdered by a scumbag cop is some kind of martyr?

Its the mainstream media controlling your mind with their agenda, which is to create division.

I think its pointless for random companies to chime in on these issues, and they only do when its impossible to ignore them.

Posted on 2020-06-23 01:35:28
Protagonistic

Wait, wait, so now you’re the one that decides what’s in everybody’s hearts and you decide who’s really feeling this right now and who isn’t?

Posted on 2020-06-23 02:09:54
disqus_NKlrrmpHlb

Well you've made your mind up then, thank you for sharing your opinions with me.

Posted on 2020-06-23 23:23:27
Protagonistic

Oh lord, your post history has posts on Natural News and infowars. That explains so much.

Posted on 2020-06-22 06:01:21
Geno Rosario

Thankfully, for every negative comment like yours, there are 5 positive ones.

Posted on 2020-06-22 14:52:46
disqus_NKlrrmpHlb

the BLM community acts like black people are the only race or capable of suffering from police brutality, racism, social injustice, discrimination, and bigotry. They (the BLM community) from what i see tend to hyperinflate instances of racism and police brutality to push a narrative that all black people are victims or potential victims, which is just outright a damn lie unless you are suffering from sever confirmation bias.

Posted on 2020-06-23 01:35:42
Geno Rosario

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Posted on 2020-06-23 02:16:21
Geno Rosario

http://www.usccb.org/issues...

Posted on 2020-06-23 02:21:36
Geno Rosario

Nobody said "all black people are victims or potential victims." There isn't a single statement I've seen out there like that, and no company says such a thing. Come on, cut the straw-man stuff.

If you can't comprehend that minorities are more negatively affected at every single stage of the Justice System, despite committing crimes at the same rate, than you're intentionally sticking your head in the sand.

If you're tired of hearing this stuff, then hopefully you'll listen. But holding on to these false narratives isn't going to make any of it go away. In fact, we're only going to get louder.

Posted on 2020-06-23 02:24:52
disqus_NKlrrmpHlb

Here's the thing, 8/10 of my coworkers are black and every one of them, (well maybe except for one or two) completely disagree with the narrative that black people are disproportionately targeted by the police and justice system.

They also disagree with the myth of white privilege, i have spoken to many many black people about these topics specifically and the majority of them agree with me, we have had many conversations about ideas far too lengthy to post in this chat forum.

But i can assure you from my personal experience that the narrative that is being pushed right now is meant to create division, chaos, and ironically, more racism.

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with me.

Posted on 2020-06-23 23:28:51
Lisa1812

We are all human. Whether you are black, white or yellow, you live together on a globe. Why must discrimination ??? It's sad because there are so many racists t rex game

Posted on 2020-07-14 10:04:45