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    Posted on today's MiceChat Update:

    Disney Weighs in on Inequality and Unrest

    What inexplicable times we are living in. It’s hard to imagine that in 2020, we still don’t treat all of our citizens with the same respect and equality. We’d all like to think better of America, but we too often don’t live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all. Disney made statements similar to the following on nearly all of its social medial accounts yesterday:

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    But those social posts came after Disney sent a much longer statement to its employees. We strongly support Disney’s stand on this issue and are confident they’ll be putting their money and influence where their heart is:

    Resolve in a Time of Unrest: A Message to Fellow Employees

    Dear Fellow Employee,

    The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens in our nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds, including many of our employees. Feelings of grief and anger cause us to confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable – and less worthy of dignity, care and protection – than the lives of others.

    While these devastating incidents are not new, there’s something unique about what’s happening in this moment. The pandemic coupled with these recent injustices have pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open.

    We, too, are struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies that leave us feeling overcome with sorrow. While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain. We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.

    We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change.

    Bob Chapek, Bob Iger & Latondra Newton

    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

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    In a not-so-great satiric slideshow in The Onion, I came across this about changes on the Jungle Cruise, which I found amusing:
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    • #3
      I wonder if this means Disney will finally be offering cast member character jobs for Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Alice, Peter Pan, Belle, and Mary Poppins to deserving people of color?

      Disney talks big about changes for the better, but then continues to profit without shame from errors in their past.


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