Michigan businesses owners are now signing an “Indivisible Pledge” to prove they are willing to be inclusive.
Hanna Raithel, a 54 year-old local activist, created the pledge to show how inclusive and welcoming the businesses that sign it are, reports The Detroit News.
Approximately 153 local Michigan businesses and restaurants like Kilwin’s Chocolates and Marco’s Pizza have signed their names to the pledge. Each pledge includes a picture of a safety pin.
“We at (fill in the blank) pledge to support an inclusive society, in which the human and civil rights of each individual are respected. To this end, we will never discriminate against any individual on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, national origin, religion or sexual orientation,” the pledge reads.
Raithel started the plan in January after she heard a rumor that a restaurant refused to serve a black customer. However, it’s unclear whether the pledge is directed toward customers or hiring practices.
“I started the Indivisible Pledge Initiative largely because I felt that harmful rhetoric against specific groups is becoming dangerously common, and that it is brewing hatred and distrust of specific groups in our society,” Raithel explained to The Detroit News.
Raithel wants the pledge to gain more traction and spread throughout the country.
“Standing indivisible requires positive action in the face of prejudice against any person or group,” she went on. “It requires many to go against their instincts to hide in the face of perceived danger or conflict.
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