GBBR Earnestly Supports Racial Equality and Housing Equality
We cannot adequately express our sense of sadness and outrage surrounding the acts of violence and discrimination against our Asian Americans. These events deeply trouble all of us. They threaten the core values of our community. Our GBBR community is diverse & is comprised of individuals from every background. We must all stand against the recent acts of hate & bias and stand as one with our Asian American members. At a minimum, we offer support and education in working to end such prejudice, hatred, and discrimination against all human beings. Like we have said many times previously, we abhor discrimination in any form against any person for any reason. That is the imperative we stand by!
To be silent is to be complicit. We stand as one with our members and our community in rejecting racism. Our identity is rooted in empowering everyone in our community. We stand for inclusion.
As the first real estate association in the country and the first organization to sign the “Equal Opportunity in Housing” statement with HUD, GBBR is committed to working with our local, state, and federal leaders to create policies that address systemic racism and racial injustice. We will speak up against racist comments and behaviors. We pledge to proactively move towards true change.
We believe this is the time when we should be compelled to stop diagnosing what is wrong and begin to advocate and actively work for what is right. The tragedy of these events gives us all an opportunity for reflection and a renewed commitment to our core values. For GBBR, these core values are:
We are a trusted partner: We commit to equity, inclusion, and diversity with our members and our community.
We choose right over easy: We stand up and speak out for what’s right – even when it’s not the easy choice. We do not condone police brutality.
We use our leadership to implement change: We recognize that we cannot solve a systemic problem overnight, but we are committed to making progress and to working with our elected leaders to create legislation addressing the end of this abuse and solving this systemic racism.
This recommitment to our core values is only the beginning of the critical conversations we need to have as an industry.
As an initial step, GBBR will launch a series of round table discussions for our members to openly discuss eradicating social injustice, especially in the transfer of homeownership. In the meantime, lean on us and on each other. We are unwavering in our support of the GBBR members and the broader community.
– GBBR Leadership Team