As the Stern team mourns the unfathomable events that took place at our nation’s Capitol building on January 6th, we felt an urgent need to publicly denounce the destructive and violent acts that we witnessed with horror and sadness. It was not only an attack on our democracy but a blatant attempt to flout the rule of law.

Clearly, the world has become more polarized in recent years. When it comes to beliefs and value systems, there will always be people who disagree with each other. As a company and as individuals we encourage healthy debates and thoughtful expression. We also believe in the right to protest in a legal and rational fashion, and we certainly don’t take our freedoms for granted.

Though we feel disheartened, we are looking ahead with optimism. It is our hope that the lessons learned from this and other recent unfortunate events will generate a commitment to building trust and honest communication across our country’s political and social divides to reach a far more enlightened, compassionate future. In fact, we demand this.

For us to stay united as a nation, we must commit to actively promoting truth, dispelling myths and defusing polarity. We must work hard to fight biases by better educating people on our country’s full history and promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of life.Click To Tweet

Still the question remains, can and will we learn and act on the lessons? For us to stay united as a nation, we must commit to actively promoting truth, dispelling myths and defusing polarity. We must work hard to fight biases by better educating people on our country’s full history and promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of life. Many of us have been active in these areas but there’s much more to do.

We look forward to joining hands with you in these efforts. In the meanwhile, wishing you and your loved ones health, safety, peace and a more benevolent 2021 and beyond.

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