The CEO of Target, Brian Cornell, has issued a statement in support of the protesters in wake of the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
There has been many videos and pictures floating around social media of protesters looting Targets, and other stores in Minneapolis and nationwide. A lot of people feel this isn’t the way to get a message across, yet Brian Cornell stands in solidarity with the protesters across the world.
He penned a letter stating, “We are a community in pain. That pain is not unique to the Twin Cities—it extends across America. The murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up pain of years, as have the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We say their names and hold a too-long list of others in our hearts. As a Target team, we’ve huddled, we’ve consoled, we’ve witnessed horrific scenes similar to what’s playing out now and wept that not enough is changing. And as a team we’ve vowed to face pain with purpose,” reads the letter.
Cornell and his Target team have prepared truckloads of first aid equipment and medicine, bottled water, and other essentials to provide necessary supplies during this time.
“We’ll continue to invest in this vibrant crossroads of the Seward, Longfellow, Phillips and Powderhorn communities, preserving jobs and economic opportunity by rebuilding and bringing back the store that has served as a community resource since 1976. In any of our other locations that are damaged or at risk, the safety and well-being of our team, guests and the surrounding community will continue to be our paramount priority,” it reads. “Target leaders are assembling community members, partners and local officials to help identify what more we can do together and what resources are required to help families, starting right here in Minnesota.”
Read the full statement. Let us know your thoughts.