Three hundred and sixty five days have passed since the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. The video of Mr. Floyd taking his last breaths under a police officer's knee had a profound effect on our nation. We, as collective citizens, can't unsee his plea for mercy, his distress, and ultimately his limp dead body on the pavement of a public street.
Due to the constant streaming of the video footage, we have been emotionally moved to think about racism, how it impacts us, our family, our community, and our nation.
Have the countless protests and conversations about Mr. Floyd's death brought about change? The answer varies. To some no and to others yes. There is no simple solution to racism and discrimination. The DREIC was created in part to raise awareness about our differences and how we can embrace inclusiveness in the Chelmsford community. We encourage you to think about how race and discrimination impacts you and those around you. Be courageous and engage in uncomfortable conversations, challenge the status quo of our systems, and speak up when you see some one being mistreated. Sign the individual pledge condemning Racism, Discrimination, and Hatred.