As our world has struggled to define our new normal from Covid19, we find our Nation facing an even greater challenge.  The question of how we will respond to recent events and the increasing violence toward African Americans in our Nation. 

Martin Luther King Jr. stated “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  It is for this reason that we are compelled to speak up, to say their names.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Sean Reed. Tony McDade. Eric Garner.  Ezell Ford. Michelle Cusseaux. Tanisha Anderson. Tamir Rice. Natasha McKenna. Walter Scott. Bettie Jones. Philando Castile. Botham Jean. Atatiana Jefferson. Eric Reason. Dominique Clayton. Breonna Taylor. 

At Alliance Child & Family Solutions, our mission is to provide life-changing services, focusing on helping our community heal from trauma.  The violence we witness toward African Americans is traumatic not only for those who experience it, but also for those who witness it time and time again.  Equally traumatic is the helplessness and discouragement that many feel when they live fearfully while carrying out everyday activities that others take for granted.

Though these words alone are not enough to heal the trauma occurring across the country, we hope it will be simply the start of having difficult conversations.  If you are questioning how to have the words to say, here are some links for where to begin:

To close again with the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  Our words matter.  Our actions matter.  May we live each day loudly doing the next right thing.