Our hearts are heavy after the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protests taking place in locations across the United States including our home of Connecticut are a direct consequence of the racism, bigotry, violence, and subjugation against Black people that has festered in this country for far too long.
There are so many names, so many stories, so many hashtags, and too many times that these issues of oppressive, dehumanizing and violent practices have to be raised to demand justice. The murder of George Floyd has set into motion what can only be described as a moment of reckoning for our nation’s conscience.
We recognize that these are not isolated incidents. They are directly related to the systemic racism that plagues our country at an even more alarming rate than the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the media has shed light on the inequities of our nation, our communities have been in a state of emergency long before the first COVID-19 case was brought to light. Countless policies within our systems of criminal justice, employment, housing, education, health, and others have severely marginalized communities of color, specifically Black lives.
For the last three years, Waterbury Bridge to Success Community Partnership has been intentionally working to facilitate dialogue around race and equity. We remain committed to ‘Engage’, ‘Empower’ & ‘Inform’ our community by working collectively and collaboratively to achieve equitable change and empowering Waterbury’s children, youth, and families to be successful in school, career, and life.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced,” wrote the late James Baldwin. We all have a role to play in the fight against systemic racism, oppressive practices, inequitable policies and, notably, it is most important that we remain unified in our resolve. We stand with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Dreasjon Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others that have died senseless and tragic deaths.
In conclusion, in the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Althea Marshall Brooks, M.S., M.Div.
Waterbury Bridge to Success
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