|A recent eamil from Warren Walborn,|
CEO out OutdoorBoiler.com
A few weeks ago I got an email from Warren Walborn, titled "Outdoor Wood Boiler Lives Matter" belittling the very real issues facing the Black community today. Warren is the CEO of OutdoorBoiler.com which used to be Hawken Energy, a Michigan company that sells products to extend the life of outdoor wood boilers. This is no time to mock the undeniable statistics showing that on average, Black people are more likely to die in encounters with police.
|Currently, about 6% of Black homes|
have wood stoves, according to one
survey. Before integration, more Black
homes in parts of the south heated with
wood than white homes.
I would be proud if one of the trade associations I belong to, the HPBA, would also ban the confederate flag from its annual expo, as NASCAR did. The Expo should remain a place that is welcoming for all races that coexist in our country, and of all races that want to enjoy hearth products. I never remember seeing a confederate flag at an Expo but Expos are now held exclusively in the deep south - New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas. HPBA could be proactive and set a standard of tolerance for all.
The backlash against police voilence in the United States is reverberating around the world, and prodding all of us to think more seriously about it and be part of positive change. That starts with speaking out about issues in our professional lives that we care about.
Postscript: On August 5, Richard Hoffman, Chair of HPBA's Board of Directors issued a statement on race, and key portions include: "In light of this summer’s protests and increased awareness of racial issues, I wanted to reach out to you and outline HPBA’s positions. HPBA respects the membership’s individuality in choosing their structure, mission, marketing, social position and comments. It is not an area that we can represent for the whole. HPBA does follow and promotes equal opportunity and nondiscriminatory practices for all individuals in its headquarters operations and volunteer leadership, and we encourage all of our members to do the same."
Warren Walborn also left a scathing comment to this blog which can be found by clicking on "comment" at the bottom of this blog.