BLACK LIVES MATTER.
The cruel and all-too-casual murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police as he begged for his life was beyond criminal; it was inhumanity incarnate. That within the “halls of justice” there remains any question about this only serves to confirm the deeply embedded institutional racism that denies not only the value of black and brown lives, but disregards their humanity at its most basic level. It is not enough to recognize this poison, to view it with disgust, to speak its name in those rooms where we find the comfort of those who are like-minded. This terrible poison must be actively, deliberately and without any more excuses or calls for patience, purged from every inch of our national soul. We stand in support of Black Communities. We stand in support of those protesting. We stand with the knowledge that this moment will require more of institutions and organizations, and we stand determined to engage that responsibility vigorously.