Words wiz by at the speed of my thumb as I scroll my phone screen to keep up with the changing headlines. The news is devastating, but my heartbreak bears no comparison to those who live the injustices every single day. The words of George Floyd and his murder ignited the hearts of thousands across the nation, “I can’t breathe”. We are in a catalyzing stage of a historical movement on behalf of the many, many black and brown individuals that have lost their lives to police brutality.
Google dictionary defines 'catalyst' as a person or thing that precipitates an event. It is our mission to support our counselors of color and accomplices, so that we can support our Minnesota students of color. This organization was fundamentally created to address the racial and economic disparities that impact achievement. We see the narrative, we hear it, and many of us live it. In this time of heartbreak, anger, fear and fatigue I encourage you to lean on one another, your personal and professional communities, to gain the energy required to uphold the need for radical change to the injustices that our communities of color face. If you are protesting, cleaning up, or donating goods to Twin Cities neighborhoods, please practice safety and thank you for your active involvement! If, like me, you do not live in or near Minneapolis, consider how you can be a catalyst for others: How can we use our unique talents to drive the change we want to see? What perspectives can we converse about to create enlightenment? How are we involving ourselves to better our personal communities? Who of our leaders can we hold accountable to make sure change happens and lasts? Are we prepared to vote in November?
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, we are stronger when we work together. To each and every MnACC community member, please take care during these uncertain times.