McKINNEY, TX - As we reflect on the strange cadence of 2020, we look forward with confidence that the coming weeks will be filled with real change. Change that reflects the echo of the words, "all men are created equal." Change that everyone can and should get behind.

In this country, there's always room for disagreement, but there are a couple things we should always agree on:

  • There is no tolerance for racism
  • There is no tolerance for inequality

We should all educate ourselves, engage in tough conversations, and acknowledge that there is a lot of work to do. It is something we owe to not only ourselves and our society, but to those of future generations.

Talk, however, only goes so far. As a leader in the McKinney area, we want to be a conduit for change. And that change must begin at a local level. Some of this is already taking place with our focus on advocacy through our Government and Legislative Issues Committee. But more needs to be done.

While we, as a Chamber, have had some tough conversations that center around race and inequalities in our community, we realize we have not done enough ourselves. That is why today, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce is announcing that we will be tackling the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in a multi-pronged approach to help the McKinney area define any actionable changes that can be made at the local or state level.

  • First, we will be looking internally to see if our membership, as a whole, reflects the diversity of McKinney. We'll do this by looking at specific sets of data - including but not limited to the number of businesses that are owned by minorities and women.
  • Second, we will partner with other McKinney-based groups to enhance opportunities that are already in place to support a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Third, we will build a Chamber Board taskforce that focuses on diversity and inclusion.

Our thoughts are with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the many others who have experienced similar devastating losses. Our thoughts are also with the many hardworking people and businesses who have suffered over the past several days, weeks, and months.

Now is the time to come together as a city and a nation to make the changes necessary to fulfill a promise we made as a nation nearly 250 years ago: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."