Submitted by the Whatcom County Executive’s Office
Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu has issued the following statement in reaction to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery:
“This is a painful moment for our country. Heartbreaking events have turned a bright light on the gap between our high ideals and the everyday reality of communities of color throughout America today.
No one has freedom until we all have freedom. Freedom is not waving the flag. Freedom is freedom from bigotry. It is “liberty and justice for all.”
I join with leaders across the country in condemning racism in the strongest terms. Racial injustice and racial inequality are not just part of our past—they are very real today and cannot be ignored or wished away.
As President Obama recently suggested, “If we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.”
It is up to each one of us to be part of the solution.”
Featured photo by M. Costello