Our hearts are broken once again by racial violence against African-American people. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery … their names have been added to a litany that is far too long.
We also know that the pandemic has put into stark relief the racial inequalities in our country. African American, Latino/a American, and Native American people are getting sick and dying in exceptionally large numbers – because so many of them are essential workers who are putting their lives at risk to keep the rest of us fed and cared for, because racist systems still force too many of them to live in small and over-crowded homes, and because navigating a racist society wears down bodies as well as well as spirits.
For all of these reasons, we affirm that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with nonviolent protesters all over the country.
We call on the people of our country, as individuals and in all their institutions, to work toward living up to our country’s ideals of equality and justice.
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