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Statement from President Michael Waldman on Recent Police Killings and Civil Unrest

It is a time for good people everywhere to speak with one voice against the deep structural racism that infects our nation.

May 31, 2020

This is a time of pain, right­eous anger, and sorrow for our coun­try. The killing by police officers of George Floyd demands justice and account­ab­il­ity. It reflects the deep struc­tural racism evid­ent in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, in racial­ized threats of viol­ence in Cent­ral Park, and in similar events in so many communit­ies. This hurt runs espe­cially deep among Black Amer­ic­ans. If we are to heal as a nation it must be shared and under­stood by all Amer­ic­ans.

Our anger is magni­fied by an economic and public health crisis unlike any in decades — more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, with Black and Latino communit­ies hard­est hit, and the worst unem­ploy­ment since the Great Depres­sion. At a time when we need unity and truth, the pres­id­ent uses his bully pulpit to spew hate and sow divi­sion.

At this very hard moment, it is a time for good people every­where to speak with one voice. To root out racism, uphold justice, and strengthen our demo­cracy so it works for all — and espe­cially for those so long margin­al­ized. We must turn pain into purpose.