June 3, 2020
The recent murder of George Floyd, and other deaths and incidents, further expose the horrifying truth of what’s been going on for a long time. Systemic racism is killing people. It’s a disease at the heart and soul of our country. Our hearts go out to those who are most impacted and especially to those who have lost loved ones.
But it’s not enough just to care. Change is needed. This is a time listen to each other, to hear the voices of people of color, respect their leadership and work together. We can and must demand justice. Hate crimes must be prosecuted and perpetrators held accountable. No justice, no peace.
Those of us who are white must learn to recognize white privilege. Doors that open readily for white people are often blocked for people of color. Let’s help open those doors. Together we can create positive change. It’s time to ask ourselves how we’ll help end systemic racism. Let’s work together to create a healthier, safer, more peaceful world for everyone, a world based on respect, justice, equity and love.
With love, Karen Hadden
Executive Director, Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition