We are saddened and appalled by the murder of George Floyd and other victims of police violence. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters and the Philadelphia community in opposing systemic racism and demanding an end to police brutality that has disproportionately harmed African-Americans and their communities.
We are heartened by the words of Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, when he reminded us that “in 1945, Pauli Murray wrote, ‘As an American I inherit the magnificent tradition of an endless march toward freedom and toward the dignity of all mankind.’ We have so much more to do to foster and sustain an equitable society.”
We point you to an evidence-based method, 8 Can’t Wait (below), promoted by YBAA’s national office and many others for reducing police violence. The police department in our beloved city of Philadelphia has begun implementing some of these practices, as have two of our neighboring cities, Camden, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. This is encouraging.
Eight potential solutions, for your consideration.
Today’s protests and upheaval are not new. We all remember our years at Yale and know the path of our lives to today. We are at another tipping point in our lifetime.
We truly hope you are well. And we hope you will agree to join us in the personal challenge and commitment that these times demand of us. It’s the work we need to do to “tip” in the direction signaled by Pauli Murray and Peter Salovey.