Facing history with courage

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In over 30 years as a privately owned company, SHI has never made a public statement such as this. While we have always respected and celebrated the unique perspective and diversity each of us brings to the SHI community, we have also tried to provide our employees, customers, and partners a workday respite from the relentless politicization that only seeks to divide us.

And while we have gained no interest in politics, we have lost all interest in silence.

Today the employees of SHI lend our voices in support of the peaceful protestors who stand and kneel, shout and march in condemnation of the most recent episodes of inequality, injustice, and human rights violations African Americans have experienced for far too long. From Minneapolis, Minnesota to Brunswick, Georgia to the millions of everyday interactions in which prejudices, intimidations, and transgressions not captured on video leave behind the all-too-real physical and emotional scars. We stand with protestors exercising their right to say, “Enough.”

Maya Angelou once wrote: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

We are all living through history. Right now. My ask of everyone throughout every SHI family is to continue to have the courage to face this painful time in our history, remember it, and support those who are protesting peacefully to ensure we need not live it again. We all have a responsibility to BE the leaders we hoped we could be and to continue to strive for the justice, respect, and equality that every one of us deserves.


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  • Anuj Varma

    Thanks for being on the right side of history!

  • Sylvie Badenhausen

    I’m so proud to work for SHI and love our family. Thank you Thai for being so gracious and thoughtful.

  • Joe Avila

    Thai, Thank You for lending your voice to the struggle for equality. Your words are thoughtful and insightful.

  • Paul Linhardt

    Thank you so much for the strong statement for equality! It would also be great to see direct support of organizations supporting persons of color.

  • Romance Watson


    What you boldly expressed in words is the epitome of your true leadership. Your statement “And while we have gained no interest in politics, we have lost all interest in silence” resonated with me and throughout our organization. Thank You Thai for being present and relevant.

  • Marcus Roberts

    Thank you for expressing your values on equality, and advocating peaceful protests, & courage for all people to come together to fight injustice.  

  • Sam Hai

    Oh. My. God!!! I’m quoting this forever: “And while we have gained no interest in politics, we have lost all interest in silence.”

    Thank you Thai for your homage to Maya Angelou, and your courage in this statement.

  • John Citranglo

    Thank you for the inspiring words. This has been a horrible 3 weeks for all of us after the cold blooded murder of George Floyd. Thank you as well to the good people in our law enforcement who stood in solidarity, have risked their lives to keep peace during the covid pandemic, and continue to be some of our largest customers whom we support and have had hosted gatherings for regularly.

    Thank you again Thai for upholding racial equality in these troubled times and making SHI the welcoming place that it is.

  • Shawn Gifford

    I agree with Sam, this will be an oft-quoted line: …’while we have gained no interest in politics, we have lost all interest in silence.’ Well said, and I think that’s a sentiment most of us can or SHOULD, relate to!

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