A Message from ACR Houston President
Dear ACRH colleagues,
We mourn the death of Mr. George Floyd, Houston native, whom you might have cheered as a football player or enjoyed music from the H-town rap enthusiasts of which he was a part. With his last breath, the entire world was witness to yet another scene far, far from our expectations of the guardians of public safety. The shaken, shocked, frustrated and angry have marched in support of George Floyd, his family and friends, and to challenge the unjust “normal” for black people and other persons of color.
The entire ADR community, and those who value our services, join the nation in seeking system change in our political, policing and health care systems that are charged with protecting our rights, our values, and our lives. The system has been deeply wounded and just periodically bandaged for too long a time. We need to be the agents of change and healing. We, as mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, negotiators, peace makers, clergy, human resources staff, coaches and counselors, have the skills, information, training, and presence to inspire and educate others.
Further, while Houston prides itself on its diversity, our local Asian/Pacific American community has been the target of xenophobia and racism in the wake of COVID-19. Clearly it is not enough for us to rest on diversity alone and assume we have met our responsibility without thoroughly exploring the continuing issues of equity and inclusion.
Author Roxane Gay, in an opinion piece in the New York Times (Sunday, May 31, 2020), notes that we talk about getting back to normal while "for black people normal is the very thing from which we yearn to be free." Houston, and indeed the nation, needs to engage in conversations about how we can affect change, whether grand or incremental. I ask that you join me in thinking about how ACR Houston can help model and lead the path to the transformation.
A Floyd family member, speaking at the June 2nd march, said "Look around. We all we got. The best thing about that? We all we need."
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