October 26, 2020 From the Chair

Facing Our Silence and History on Race

April Frazier Camara

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
—Martin Luther King Jr.

As I embark on my year as chair of the Criminal Justice Section, America is at a pivotal moment in history in terms of civil rights and racial justice. As a nation, we have a choice: remain silent or face our painful history and present reality on race. The recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer marked a new chapter in America’s long struggle for racial equity. It gave birth to an uprising that transcended state and country borders, affirmed the lived experiences of Black people, and shed light on the violence inflicted on Black communities at the hands of police and other government actors. State-sanctioned violence against Black people did not begin with the killing of George Floyd, but rather it is a part of a long legacy of brutality that started with slavery and currently exists within the criminal legal system.

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