To be silent is to be complicit. Our company has been ingrained in our local communities for nearly 50 years, and now more than ever we need to show how we support these neighborhoods we call home and the amazing people living around us. Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty stands for equality and goodness towards all of our neighbors, no matter their skin color. The events of the past few weeks have shone a glaring light on the racial injustices that exist in our country, and we want to be a part of the solution. As a company, we’re donating to local and national organizations on the front lines. We have consolidated a list of causes where you can choose to donate, too, as well as links to local black-owned businesses in Austin and San Antonio who need our support.
We recognize it can be challenging to determine how to individually contribute to create societal change. As we wrestled with the question of how and where to begin, we found inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who taught us that, “the time is always right to do what is right.”
“Doing what is right” is central to our culture at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. We want to be clear that Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty in no way condones or tolerates racism or discrimination. Our long-standing commitment to Fair Housing and recognition by the Ethisphere® Institute for Sotheby's International Realty as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” are evidence of this. Of course, these issues of racial inequality go beyond the walls of our company and there is clearly more that we can do to support a future where no one is treated differently based on the color of their skin.
What we can do is make sure that we do our part to create a culture where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued. We can control the words we use, the actions we take, and how we treat one another. We are committed to ensuring that we have a welcoming and inclusive environment where all backgrounds and cultures can thrive.
The Sotheby’s International Realty network has proven that through the current health crisis we can support one another in times of disaster and, as we stand up against racial inequality, we can continue to be in this together.
We truly believe change starts at home, but it should not end there.
“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” - Libba Bray
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Austin
African American Youth Harvest Foundation
San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum
San Antonio Area African American Community Fund
United Communities of San Antonio
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
Another way to help the current fight for equality: supporting the black-owned restaurants, shops and makers in our community. How you spend your money can make a lasting impact on our community. Help support black families by dining and shopping with black-owned small businesses in San Antonio and Austin. Explore these lists complied by San Antonio Magazine and Austin Monthly.