LAST UPDATED ON May 5, 2021
Codified Concepts, LLC, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. At Codified Concepts, LLC, we believe in actively working to dismantle systems that silence Black and Indigenous voices, as well as those of People of Color and those in the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. We believe listening to and affirming the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of those in these communities can only help to strengthen our business. And we believe members of those communities should be valued, respected, and protected equally. We do not believe in white supremacy, bigotry, or intolerance, but instead believe in ongoing, engaged anti-racism work, challenging our cultural biases and privilege, and that Black Lives Matter.
It is not enough to be “not racist,” say “love everyone,” or say you’re “color-blind” (it is fine to see color; it is not fine to pass judgements or treat others unequally because of the color of their skin). We have to be actively anti-racist. There are a plethora of podcasts, books, virtual conferences, articles, etc., from which to learn. Don’t let shame, fragility, fear of being uncomfortable, the fact that it is sad and hard to hear these truths, and previous ignorance stop you. Be willing to be uncomfortable and vulnerable, understand you may misstep even with the best of intentions, and be open to constructive criticism and more learning. Also, keep in mind it is not the job of those living under systemic oppression to educate us or give us a roadmap to empathy, and if they are asked to educate, they should be compensated for their time and energy.
Given this, here are some steps Codified Concepts, LLC, and founder Maren Vernon is taking (in recognition that this is life-long work and not to be undertaken only at this moment):
- I will identify and disrupt my biases and own my privilege, acknowledging my culture/race/ethnicity and its relationship to and impact on others.
- I will identify and disrupt any of my deficit-oriented language and/or practices toward other persons, groups, etc., that renders one group less than another group.
- I am proactively learning from, about, and with the communities I serve, work, and live alongside, including anti-racist training for myself and any team members.
- I will identify and dismantle any of my practices and policies that perpetuate oppression.
- I am committed to investing a portion of my income to support organizations and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, donations already made to:
- I am committed to signal-boosting the voices of those in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities, as well as those tech ethicists, thought leaders, and writers who have experienced oppression and disenfranchisement under systemic racism and sexism, who have important words to share. This will primarily be done in Codified Concepts’ social media content, guest expert opportunities, events, etc.
- I am committed to asking questions about speaker line-ups before agreeing to speak at events, and saying no if a diverse selection of voices aren’t included beyond tokenization.
- I am committed to cultivating safe online spaces. This means allowing conflict and disagreement when it arises, but not tolerating any racist, bigoted, or ableist language or behavior within the communities I lead or are a part of.
- I am open to feedback and conversation about additional ideas and approaches.
We agree with the statement released by Ben & Jerry’s and couldn’t put it any better that “[w]e have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our country.” And we need to “call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people” because “unless and until white America is willing to collectively acknowledge its privilege, take responsibility for its past and the impact it has on the present, and commit to creating a future steeped in justice, the list of names that George Floyd [and Breonna Taylor] has been added to will never end. We have to use this moment to accelerate our nation’s long journey towards justice and a more perfect union.”
ANTI-RACISM USER POLICY
Codified Concepts, LLC, is an anti-racist company. If you expressly or implicitly carry out, in any form, discriminatory ideas or acts, then we reserve the right to immediately terminate your use of our website(s), social media accounts, courses, system, products, services and/or any other offerings, paid or unpaid, that we provide. You will not be eligible for a credit, refund or any other compensation from us. We will make a reasonable effort to inform you why your access was terminated without compensation.
ANTI-RACISM CLIENT POLICY
Client agrees not to expressly or implicitly carry out, in any form, discriminatory ideas or acts during their work with Codified Concepts, LLC. If Client violates this material provision, then Codified Concepts, LLC, can terminate any agreements immediately upon learning of such ideas or acts, without any further delivery of Services. Codified Concepts, LLC, has the discretion to request any unpaid balance be paid immediately upon such a termination, and Client agrees to forfeit any outstanding work and pay the outstanding balance within 14 days of such a termination.
By using our website and services, you hereby consent to our Anti-Racism Policies.
As my family and I have had, and continue to have, valuable and important conversations around race, equity, belonging, disability, identity, and privilege, I wanted to share my growing list of anti-bias resources with any that may find it valuable. To see it, click here.