Dear Beach Community:
When George Floyd, an unarmed citizen, was killed by those who are sworn to serve and protect, the entire nation watched and was galvanized. And the horror of another Black citizen suffering at the hands of white officials has eaten away at our country and consciences ever since.
Like many of you, I have seen the video numerous times and experienced feelings of heartache, anger and revulsion. For many people, Mr. Floyd’s killing was a tipping point in a long history of killings of Black Americans, which continue to plague our country.
Now, that the trial of Derek Chauvin has concluded with findings of guilty on all counts, there is new hope in equitable justice.
I continue urging members of the Beach Family to find ways to ensure that peace and justice prevail in our communities. We are in the midst of a national reckoning on racial justice and police reform. Within the past week, we have learned of two additional killings of Black men by police, reminding us that the Chauvin verdict is only a first step to address a much larger problem. At every level – local, state and national – we must come together to ensure the dignity and safety of all.
Here at The Beach, we remain committed to fighting back against racism and hate. We will continue leveraging our strengths and history as we work for social justice, equity and the public good.
We are OneBeach.
Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D.