There is a lot of pain across the country right now, and while it can be hard to find the right words, silence is not the answer.
Honeycomb’s mission is to build vibrant, financially-empowered communities. So it is important for our partners, business owners, investor community, and employees to know that we stand in opposition to all forms of racism and hate that have shaped this country’s history and present.
One of the pillars that holds any community up is entrepreneurial justice, a concept at Honeycomb’s core. In our corner of the social enterprise space, we are working tirelessly to knock down the concrete walls blocking the survival of small businesses. As a social enterprise, we work hard to deconstruct the barriers that prevent people from starting and scaling businesses. With that, we must acknowledge the additional challenges in place for Black-owned businesses and strive to create an even playing field.
A crucial piece of this work is understanding the role that financial institutions have played to underfund Black businesses, halt the accumulation of Black wealth, and destroy Black neighborhoods. Systemic racism, in banking and beyond, underlies the public outrage that the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have set off.
We must work to repair these historical injustices in our daily practices, and we ask you to hold us accountable as we join together toward a more just future.
Systemic racism is deeply rooted and the battle against it requires every one of us. Below are some actions you can take to make a meaningful impact.
Consider investing in black-owned businesses:
Strong’s Cleaners (Pittsburgh)
UnBar Café (Cleveland)
Peer Pantry (Cleveland)
Places to donate:
The Honeycomb Team