This weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the street to protest the murder of George Floyd. 

We cannot ignore this country’s legacy of racism and oppression. For most of the history of this country, the color of your skin was directly related to your ability to receive justice in this country. 

I was personally filled with a range of emotions from sadness to anger, at seeing what happened to George Floyd and what is happening around our country, but sadness and anger alone will not create the change we need. We must channel these strong emotions into long-term institutional changes.

The vast majority of the protesters across this country have been non-violent and simply expressing their collective outrage. The vast majority of law enforcement officers are moral and honest men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe. Rioting and violence is not the answer. Instead, let us work together to restore faith in our justice system.

We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by opposing racism and hate and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s promise — to be a community of life, liberty, and equality for all.

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