The violent murder of George Floyd has shocked us to the core. It has woken us up to the fact of a culture or systemic racism and oppression and white privilege. While our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all people of color in the United States we call on law enforcement everywhere to prevent the recurrence of racist behavior of all kinds. Moreover, we need to change the systemic racism in the United States of America. To do this, we each have a role to play. While thinking of the country as a whole, we must act locally. We must recognize the prejudices we each harbor and see that we act justly, without prejudice in all our dealings with other people.
We must recognize that American blacks and other minorities have higher maternal mortality, prematurity rates, receive lower wages, less opportunity, access to healthcare and education than those of us who are privileged and we must correct this. It is now our responsibility to go beyond demonstrations and work on how this should be done, COVID 19 not withstanding. Failure to do so makes a farce of the idealism upon which our national values are founded!