Black lives matter.

Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, kids, and grandparents, they all matter.

They matter because they’re our friends, colleagues, neighbors, co-workers who everyday face injustices that steal from us all, regardless of your color.

Racism is the defining civil rights issue of our time. To be silent is to be complicit.

The Struggle is Real.

The first step is to admit there’s a problem that exists for people who have different life experiences.

This is certainly true when it comes to the profoundly different law enforcement and the criminal justice system experiences and outcomes experienced by Black Americans.

That’s why we have a moral obligation to take a stand now for Black lives.

We The People. All Of Us.

Our Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. But when Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man is gunned down in broad daylight in Georgia, and the police look the other way, that makes a mockery of the rule of law.

We the people must fight for justice. We the people must fight for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud.

Equal Justice For All.

To be clear, we value and respect the law enforcement community, for their lives, livelihood, and role they play in society. But we must have equal justice for all under the law, and sadly, the effects of the criminal justice system are not color blind.

We do not single out an individual officer, rather the blame is placed on the systemic racism built into the fabric of our institutions at every level, disadvantaging and discriminating against people of color.

We all must come together to better our society enabling everyone to fulfill the founding promise of this country: to be a country with dignity and justice for all.

All lives do matter. But all lives will not matter until Black lives matter.