I have been searching for the right words to express what I have been feeling about the tragic events of the past week, which have had such a profound effect on all of our lives. If you’re like me, you are heartbroken.

Heartbroken because George Floyd brings to mind all the others who died because of their skin color. Heartbroken as we watch the outpouring of anger and frustration by those who, for decades, have worked to end the racism that hampers the lives and prospects of our people. Heartbroken that the communities that have suffered from the greatest inequality, that suffered the most from COVID-19, and that suffered from having the least amount of economic opportunity are one and the same.