ROI Statement in Response to Violence Against People of Color (6-1-20)
We are horrified and saddened by recent events. People of color have been the target of bigoted physical assaults, killings, and emotional trauma. The death of Mr. George Floyd is hard for so many of us to accept, yet easy for so many of us to imagine. The pattern is obvious, undeniable, and indefensible. We offer our thoughts and wishes for peace to the families of Mr. George Floyd, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, Ms. Breonna Taylor and so many others who were not on the front pages of our newspapers.
“Positive thoughts and good intentions” are the common ways many in America try to offer condolences and solve problems. They are clearly appreciated and just as clearly inadequate. The leaders of our Communities, States and Country must take the necessary actions to understand oppression and discrimination and they must lead us all through the needed changes so we can become a country of justice, equality, and peace. ROI does not condone violence and we know that peace cannot be achieved until justice and equality are at the forefront of all of our lives.
Chief Executive Officer