The death of George Floyd is a seminal moment in the U.S. struggling as a nation to appropriately acknowledge an historic legacy of both overt and institutional racism, most recently evidenced by the graphic video images of police officers and others using deadly force against unarmed African-Americans. At the same time, there’s now no question that the disparate impact of the COVID virus on our Black and Brown U.S citizens is yet another manifestation of how many people of color in America live in disproportionately vulnerable circumstances.
While we wouldn’t suggest that we have all of the answers so many are earnestly searching for, we feel strongly that now is the time for institutions like ours to confirm to both our own colleagues and the world that we recognize these facts and call for systemic change.
As we reach out to each other and formulate our responsive strategies, we will be holding a very special internal discussion hosted by Ed Newberry. Speaker Boehner, Congressman Crowley, Ambassador Wisner, Secretary Slater and Fred Nance will each share their personal experiences and reflections on this tragic event.