The death of George Floyd is very much on our minds and in our hearts. The imagery of the brutality he suffered in plain view has broken open a seemingly impenetrable gate and resulted in an outpouring of sadness and outrage. Turning away out of ignorance or to avoid feeling overwhelmed, ashamed, or helpless is not so easy anymore. The pervasiveness and perniciousness of systemic racism along with the insidious grip and consequence of the white privilege that breathes life into it is responsible as well for the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and countless Black, Indigenous, and people of color whose lives have been taken away, cut short, and diminished.
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