Dear Community –
In an already trying time in Minnesota, as we relive the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder, we now mourn still another young man, Daunte Wright, who was killed by law enforcement this week. We must also acknowledge our sorrow, anger and fatigue. Our Black community members continue living through trauma with seemingly no relief in sight.
It is easy to feel helpless in the face of continuing injustice and loss of life. However, we cannot grow weary — we must grow hungry: hungry for change, for justice, and for a community that stands up to and confronts the ugly reality that marks this era. The trauma that continues to be visited upon this community requires action, not only words.
One first step in justice is the courageous recognition of injustice. The next step must include both dismantling the racist systems at work in our community and building accountable systems that assure justice for all.
Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
President & CEO