Over this past year, we have witnessed sustained and global demands for racial equity. This historic verdict represents a small but important step in that direction, yet there remains a great deal of work to be done to dismantle the permanence and pervasiveness of systemic racism. If we do this work well and do it together, it can be a step towards building the beloved community we all envision.
Nothing can make up for the many lives lost to police violence, or for the pain and trauma white supremacy has caused our Black neighbors here in Minneapolis, across the country and around the world. GHR stands in solidarity with them.
I truly believe that the Twin Cities can be the epicenter of the reform and renewal needed to build permanent racial equity for our society, yet I’m cognizant of the fact that as a white woman, I have a limited perspective of this moment.
And so, I invite our partners and community members to share their perspectives and hopes in replies and comments below. I also call on the GHR audience to join me in listening deeply to people of color and communities most impacted, today and into our shared future.