The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and against racism. The United States has a long, ugly history of racial injustice, and while some progress has been made – every step the result of hard-fought struggles – there have also been awful steps backward, seemingly unending sacrifices, and far too many unanswered crimes committed against people of color. Pain and anger are fully justified in response.
Multitudes have been denied basic rights, freedom, opportunity, safety, dignity, and even their lives, as George Floyd was. In their memory and for every generation to come, we must keep demanding justice. There is no past perfect America to restore. There is only the hope for a better future. Those with the most privilege have the greatest obligation to be actively anti-racist and work to dismantle systemic racism forever.