First of all: Yes, that sweet little man at left in both of those pictures is indeed Edward Estipona, surrounded by his family. Awww. Second: While we typically like to keep our newsletter casual and breezy, hence the "sweet little man" reference above, we have to ask you to understand why we're deviating from that mark today. The surge in anti-Asian violence in the past week — and actually, over the course of the last year — warrants a serious conversation. Edward and his family moved to the U.S. when he was 5, and his differences were certainly the source of schoolyard taunts and other egregious examples of overt racism over his lifetime. But today, our Asian friends, co-workers and families are facing something far more dangerous. Please take a few moments to read his essay, and we ask that each of you has a conversation with someone in your inner circle about the senselessness of racism. And Edward is game to chat with anyone who may have questions.