Since George Floyd’s murder we, like many of you, have taken a long and hard look at the foundations of our nation and the role systemic racism plays in our society and our criminal justice system.
It is an outrage that Black Americans are 3 times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans.
It is abhorrent that the bright and precious lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, and countless others were brutally and unjustly snuffed out.
It is shameful that white supremacy has shaped the lives and deaths of Americans throughout our entire history.
It is time for us all to listen to what we have collectively ignored, minimized, and denied for 401 years.
Black Americans are crying out for change.
We hear those cries and say:
We stand in solidarity with the victims of police murder.
We stand in solidarity with those oppressed by systemic racism and marginalization.
We stand in solidarity with those who march and risk violence at the hands of those sworn to protect them.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community.
And we declare unequivocally: #BlackLivesMatter.