Like many across the country, I am deeply saddened and dismayed by the brutal and senseless murder of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
His murder was an act of cruel injustice — plain and simple.
The business community stands with all who demand justice for Mr. Floyd and his family.
In addition to Mr. Floyd, we mourn the tragic loss of others who have died at the hands of misconduct and prejudice.
The demonstrations across the country have been filled with frustration, trauma, anger and tears.
These emotions are an understandable reaction to the individual and systemic racism that is regrettably pervasive in American society.
It is imperative that we join together and take decisive action to eradicate racism from our society.
During this painful and unsettling time in our nation’s history, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that this injustice drives positive action.
This will require meaningful changes in attitude and behavior in our personal and professional lives.
The Greater Baltimore Committee and others in the private sector are committed to such change.
We will do this by building bridges for racial unity, working towards solutions to address systemic societal inequities, demanding just and responsible policing and ensuring more equitable and inclusive workplaces.
Most of all, we must commit to having difficult discussions and listening to each other.
By doing so we can join together to work for racial equity, justice and peace.
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