The three guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial are an encouraging progression on the path to healing and change. But this is only a first step.
George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer laid bare injustices that have plagued our society for many years. It was hardly the first crime of this kind. People of color have understood that these unjustified acts are the consequences of historical, physical, and economic inequalities that we have let continue for far too long.
We cannot allow this legacy of racism to continue past this generation. All of us must be active partners in making this change. There is still much work to do throughout the country and here in New Jersey.
Today, we commit ourselves to listening to all voices and to better understanding how racial inequality affects citizens of color. Black Lives absolutely matter.
Thomas Edison State University was founded on principles of equity and empowerment. And we pledge to redouble our efforts to promote those goals and support increased opportunities across our institution and within our academic programming.
We encourage communities to examine their policies on the use of force by police and to adopt reforms that will de-escalate conflicts and prohibit some forms of restraint. These are systemic, long-entrenched issues and change will take purposeful and deep commitment.
We know we can – and must – do better. Racial disparities and discrimination must stop. A bold statement was made today. Let us work together to make sure it becomes an historic movement of equity and justice.