Many of us are hurt, shocked, and outraged by the tragic deaths of #AhmaudArbery, #GeorgeFloyd, #TonyMcDade, and #BreonnaTaylor. These are just recent names on a list that is far too long. These tragedies have brought the fears and injustices that Black Americans have faced every day for generations to the attention of the nation and the entire world.
There is a critical need for us all to confront racism and inequality. We must come together to build a deeper understanding of issues around social justice and equity for all. Yes, we must speak up and pray, but our words and petitions for change must also be energized into action to not just challenge but extinguish the beliefs, motivations, and events that dehumanize of others.
Catholic Charities will be a positive participant in addressing these issues whether internal or external to our organization. We will not wear blinders in our community and we will call out instances of oppression and racism that confront us directly or indirectly. We desire to be a seed of social justice from which compassion, equity, and peace can grow.