The murder of George Floyd by police has forced our nation to come to grips with the racist history of our country and police brutality. This awareness should have happened decades ago.
I stand with protesters all over the county. I hear you, I see you, and I join you. White people have to make a statement that our country can no longer turn a blind eye to police brutality and the systematic oppression of people of color. We must say the names and recognize the deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others–including dozens Black transgender women just in the past year–who have been thoughtlessly murdered.
I honor the experiences of the Black community, and am humbled to provide trauma-informed and culturally competent services to people of color. As a white woman, there are a multitude of lived experiences of racism that I have not endured and I experience privilege as a result. I believe that confronting my privilege is a lifelong journey, and strive to show up as an ally to the Black community, and to other people of color.