I work for a large company (1000+ employees) in Memphis, Tennessee (the Civil Rights Capital of the world). The work culture is fairly segregated: Corporate is majority White and our customer facing team (call centers) are majority Black. It's been approximately 1 week since the protests began and our leadership team has made zero effort to support/acknowledge our Black community and pain/distress/grief they are experiencing.
I've discussed with my wife (first generation immigrant) to write an email to them, asking why they are silent on this topic. My wife advised that I don't, because I am the sole income for our family, and if they have not made a statement within a week, they have a good reason not to (in their minds). She's fearful that they would terminate me. It’s incredibly uncomfortable to stay silent during this, yet I understand that when a company makes a decision to stay quiet, they really want to stay quiet and there's not much I can do.
By writing them, is it just going to be ignored? Or am I exposing myself to the risk of being terminated? Their silence sends a clear message (to me, atleast) that they want nothing to do with this issue. What do I do? Write them?