The last few days have been a time of incredible sadness and hurt for many across the United States. It is important for all of us, regardless of the color of our skin, to recognize, acknowledge, and address the very real and systemic discrimination faced by communities of color — from disparities in health and education to prejudice in employment and, indeed in everyday life. 

The outrage provoked by the senseless killing of George Floyd is, sadly, a reminder of the deep hurt, frustration, and fear felt by so many across the country, amplified after a number of tragic, outrageous events, from New York to Louisville over these last short weeks, and against the backdrop of systemic generational racism felt by people of color, and in particular, the African-American community.

At Jane, we are lucky to be part of an organization that embraces difference in all its forms, and values each of us for who we are and what we do — not what we look like. 

Others are not so lucky, at work, at school, or even as they walk down the street.

It is for all those that do not feel safe, who do not feel equal, who do not have the same opportunities, who fear for their lives because of the color of their skin, that we must all do our part to advance social responsibility. We must do our part by intentionally and meaningfully speaking out against racism, of working to address the root cause of this racism and acknowledging the role we must play, in the common humanity that we share, in building a more just society for all. 

We want Jane to be a welcoming marketplace for all customers to shop, no matter who they are. As part of our mission to embrace diversity and advance social responsibility, we are encouraging our sellers to incorporate inclusivity in their business practices by working with models of diverse races, ethnicities, and sizes. We also want to make sure that diversity is visually represented and celebrated through the photography found on our website.

Jane’s very founding was built on improving the quality of life of others — and it is now time that we take this message to heart and continue that important legacy as a company and as individuals. 

Our social feeds will be offline, Tuesday, June 2, as we take time to listen, help, and support our communities. We invite you to join us in #BlackoutTuesday to listen and learn from diverse voices as we have difficult conversations about race and what it means to be human.

Many of you and our Jane family are feeling hurt, scared, and helpless. Please know that you are not alone. We’re in this together. These are challenging times, but they are an opportunity for each of us to learn, to grow, to reflect on our own ability to make a difference, and above all else, to remember that we all share a common humanity — and that we owe it to one another to do something about it. Please let us know what we can do better to meet the needs of our customers and community and make a positive difference in the world.

With love,