The Death of George Floyd

This has been an incredibly sad and challenging week in the US. Last week an unarmed black man, George Floyd, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Words can scarcely ease the sorrow and pain we feel at the continuing injustices we as a nation have witnessed.

There’s no quick answer to systemic racism - but I hope and believe that voices being raised against racism and blatant injustice will be heard and acted upon. People are incensed at the senseless killing and mistreatment of innocent people and are demanding a more just society for all its citizens.

The demonstrations come at a time when the world is experiencing extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus’ impact on people of color, immigrants, and those in marginalized communities has been particularly acute. While continuing to confront the pandemic crisis and its inequities, we need to listen carefully to the voices demanding change to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect and that impartial justice is accessible to all.

At URC we focus on improving the lives of people around the world. We value the potential of all people and stand in solidarity with those who seek justice and repudiate all forms of discrimination. Diversity is our strength, and when we witness injustice, it affects us all in URC.

We, as both individuals and as a company, need to evaluate the ways in which we contribute at whatever level to systemic racism, and how we can change. This starts by understanding that we can all be complicit in systems of injustice knowingly or unknowingly. We must follow through on change even when it is uncomfortable. I ask that we all work to understand the current outrage and enduring racism in this country. Let’s ask ourselves what we can do to listen, understand, and promote greater understanding amongst all citizens.

Please get involved, protest peacefully, and vote.

 

Earl Gast
President of URC