Friends Research Institute
Addresses Racism, Injustice, and Inequality
The tragic death of George Floyd has created an inflection point in American society, spurring a national and international discussion regarding racism, injustice, and inequality, which is timely in light of the international effect of COVID-19 having increased and magnified the enormous social inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color. Unfortunately, Mr. Floyd’s brutal and senseless death by Minneapolis police officers adds to a long list of unjust and unwarranted deaths of African Americans by law enforcement officers.
In the past, such tragedies have briefly resonated in the collective consciousness of a large swath of the American public, and cries for justice echoed across the nation. However, these moments of national unity and outrage were often short-lived, superseded by other events that moved them into yesterday’s news – except in the Black and Brown communities in which such occurrences are all too familiar.
This time, however, seems different…