A time for healing, a movement for change
George Floyd should not have died on May 25, 2020.
While the pain caused by his murder persists, George Floyd’s death does not have to be in vain. I hope this week’s verdict will bring some healing for all of us. It must also spur more action to address the racial disparities still facing our communities.
Just this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorized racism as a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans. This is not an issue for just our communities of color. It is not an issue for just politicians or nonprofits. It in an issue for us all – including the American Family enterprise. It affects the health of our entire nation.
Racism’s destructive impact on our society permeates a wide range of issues. Many are finally seeing the structural barriers and equity gaps that cause real pain and suffering among racial and ethnic groups. And now, as the CDC notes, these gaps have consequences, with life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of our communities of color.
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In the wake of the guilty verdicts in the murder of George Floyd, American Family Chair and CEO Jack Salzwedel calls for more conversation, more healing and more support across the company and country.