Statement on Current Instance of Viral Racism

The current instances of viral racism and the visceral responses of many to it, have left me deeply grieved, but not without hope.



Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue as they protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

I am grieved for the senseless loss of life due to the current instances of the violent and pernicious out growths of systemic racism; Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey. I am grieved by the relived traumas of the unjust and unjustified death of many in recent memory: Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, also outgrowths of systemic racism. I am grieved by the monumental outpouring of pain, angst and frustration in our cities streets, and the failure of leadership on multiple levels to do the difficult policy and legislative work needed to prevent it.


But I am hopeful for the courage of many to speak to the pain and grief of myself and others with the grace, compassion and wisdom needed at times like this. I am hopeful that elected officials will take seriously the plague of systemic racism in our country and work wholeheartedly to dismantle the deeply entrenched systems that prop up white supremacy. I am hopeful that the angst many are feeling now will motivate them to stay involved in the civic and political levers of our country. VOTE, participate in public hearings, lead from the outside and inside, shape policy and practice. I am hopeful that we will no longer settle for small incremental gains.


This year, 2020, has been nothing if not an equalizer. Leveling everything we have accepted as being set in stone. We’ve seen our way of life burned to the ground now WE GET TO REBUILD! Let’s do it together instead of at each other’s expense. #StandingInSolidarity



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