Our nation is hurting.
We are experiencing a painful time in our history.
As an immigrant, when I speak to immigrant groups I always remind them how lucky they are to be in America; that in America the law and law enforcement are on the side of the people; that they exist to protect people and ensure their rights. I do believe that wholeheartedly and am grateful for the many who work in law enforcement and honorably protect our freedoms. But, we’re reminded over and over again that no system is perfect, and certainly human beings are not perfect. So we must continue striving to do better.
The tragic killing of George Floyd has shocked our conscience and laid bare an uncomfortable reality that there’s more we must do to fulfill our nation’s destiny as a beacon of hope and an example for the world. I can’t think of anything that should unite us more than our shared humanity. We are called upon to unite around the ideals of fairness, freedom from fear, equality and above all, justice for all people. These are ideals upon which our nation was founded, and these are the ideals that we must continue to strive for.
Let us honor the memory of George Floyd and all those who have suffered and are suffering as result of injustice.
We are called upon to unite around the ideals of fairness,
freedom from fear, equality and above all, justice for all people.
- delivered prior to the moment of silence at the June 4, 2020 City Council Meeting