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Statement on Racial Justice
Today we must dedicate ourselves anew to racial justice. Today three words say it all: Black Lives Matter. Whereas in the past many people looked to presidents for moral leadership, today we know, now more than ever, that lasting social change is up to each and every one of us. And we in public policy bear a special responsibility to explore and develop policies and actions that can bring about this change.
When George Floyd said, “I can’t breathe,” his dying words represented more than his personal pain. They echoed James Baldwin, writing a decade before Mr. Floyd was born, “It was absolutely clear that the police would whip you and take you in as long as they could get away with it….” When the police officers pinning down Mr. Floyd ignored his plea and killed him, their actions reflected more than their own individual worldview. They reflected the worst of institutions that have historically reinforced inequality and injustice.
Sixty years ago, John F. Kennedy vowed, “If human rights and human dignity are not shared by every American, regardless of his race or his color, then those in other lands of other creeds and other colors, and they are in the majority, will treat our claims of a great democracy with suspicion and indifference.” Two generations have already passed and yet we are still so far from achieving shared rights and dignity. When any of us “can’t breathe,” every American should share the anger that our society, after all these years, hasn’t done better.
The Undergraduate Public Policy Program marches in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and will intensify its efforts to promote and participate in this vital debate over how to achieve justice and end racism.
Paul C. Light