The horrific murder of George Floyd is incomprehensible. It’s an all too familiar tragic loss of a Black life that is consequential to the systemic racism ingrained in the fabric of our country. Perhaps most bothersome of the recent incidents was the action of Amy Cooper, the White woman who falsely made accusations against a Black man who was bird watching in Central Park. It was a display of racism in its most pernicious form. As a Black person, grief, frustration, and anger are real. And as the mother of a Black son, it’s unexplainable the fear and anxiety that grips my heart every day in the thought of losing him senselessly and prematurely. A quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. says, “ If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, and you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
In this moment of darkness that our country finds itself, I’m yet encouraged by the resolute and courageous actions of the thousands of young Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life that have stood up in protest that we must do better as a nation. It is the commitment of Homes For Families to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and take action to address ongoing public policies, institutional practices, and cultural narratives that perpetuate racial inequalities and constrain mobility for the homeless families we serve. Homes For Families will continue to lift the voices of families and boldly and courageously confront racist practices and policies that create systemic barriers for Black and ethnic minority groups.
Homes For Families is grateful and honored to join those who have committed to doing “the work” that needs to be done to move our nation forward.
Chief Executive Officer
Homes For Families