Last night I listened to Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s young daughter, speak through painful tears. While she spoke at the podium, Gianna, their sweet, beautiful, 6-year-old child stood with her. Roxie said that George was a good man, and that their child was proof of his goodness. It was just heartbreaking. I realized that this child would never see her father again. I feel sick, and heartbroken, as I remember her words. George Floyd was a victim of a crime that should never have occurred, and the tragedy is something we cannot comprehend. What happened was cruel and horrific, and it must never happen again.
Too many Black lives have been taken in this country, and it needs to end now. Our Black community members have been and are being murdered with impunity in our communities. La Raza Centro Legal decries these unjust killings. We stand with our Black family members and friends, as allies, since we cannot afford to remain silent at a moment like this. Black lives matter and we stand together today and going forward; we cannot remain silent with so many innocent people being killed in our midst. To remain silent would equal acquiescence, and this cannot stand.
It is no longer sufficient to say we are not racist. We must take action to show how we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Black loved ones. As your community legal aid office, we stand for justice, truth, integrity, and the bright future and promise of our young people. Stand with us now, and rather than donating to La Raza Centro Legal, we encourage you to consider a donation to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the Ahmaud Marquez Arbery Fund, or a trusted non-profit dedicated to eradicating racism against our Black community members.
There is so much pain and sadness right now, yet at the same time this is a moment ripe with the potential for transformational change. Reach out at Amanda@lrcl.org with your ideas on how we can begin to heal and make changes today. If we take action now, there is hope that our children will create a future where communities are connected by peace and love, rather than hate.
Amanda Alvarado Ford