The verdict in the Chauvin case is the first, albeit long-overdue, step in the fight for justice and equality. That being said, this verdict should not represent the stop of our collective fight towards equity and inclusion. Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) recognizes that the verdicts in this trial are just the beginning in our journey to become a more equitable, inclusive, unprejudiced and just country for everyone.
This trial has brought up many difficult and painful feelings – and although the impact on me personally is much less than what many of our staff, clients, colleagues, friends and family have experienced, I felt a great deal of anxiety, fear and caution awaiting the verdicts rendered in this case. I hope these verdicts provide some sense of relief and renewal for all of us. I also know that while there is now some form of justice for the family of George Floyd – these verdicts don’t undo all the pain and trauma experienced in the losses of so many others, including those we recently lost – Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. These killings are a painful reminder of the true dangers that many in our valued, diverse communities continue to experience.
AzCA is determined to serve our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families, we remain steadfast in our strong opposition to racism, hatred and discrimination. Together we have the ability to positively impact those that we serve by providing a safe space for conversations, the ability to demonstrate empathy for the pain and struggles our children and families are experiencing, and to continue our advocacy to make our communities safe places for children and families to grow and thrive.
There is still much work to be done. We want to share additional resources that could be helpful to you as parents and caregivers to support and address the current issues and injustices:
- Center for Racial Justice in Education:
- A Google Doc compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020 titled: Anti-racism resources
- A Google Doc from the Oakland Library titled: Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice
- This document is updated regularly and available via Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.