In this time of civil unrest and injustice, our hearts and hopes
are with both our employees and the members of our community who are exposed, once again, to the pervasive prejudice and inequality that so often plagues our society. It is difficult to understand or accept acts of violence based on racism and hatred. I know that you, like me, are frustrated, sad and angry when we see an act of violence committed for no reason other than the color of a person's skin.
DART has a long history of working to remove barriers to transportation, employment and business opportunity based on race and ethnicity. We believe all the communities we serve should be treated fairly and be free from prejudice. I also believe this history provides us the opportunity to be a powerful voice in the conversations ahead and am already working on arranging those meetings.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has been and remains a core part of our identity as an agency. DART stands as an example of the strength that a diverse workforce provides and as an agent of action and change for all the communities we serve. Thoughtful conversations about what it means to be seen, heard and safe are as important now as they have ever been. We will continue our efforts to end prejudice and inequality as we always have, together. On a personal note, I want you to know how much I appreciate and value each and every member of the DART team. I intend to quietly spend 8 minutes and 46 seconds each day for the next week reflecting on my personal role in addressing these concerns and encourage each of us to do the same.
Gary C. Thomas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit