Black Americans are grieving after the callous murder by four police officers of a handcuffed, submissive George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis. Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office I the United States, described Floyd’s murder as “a symbol for a knee on the neck of Black America.” We agree with her when she says we must work to take that knee off of our community.
The Grover and Sara McKenzie Family Foundation, Inc. unequivocally believes that Black Lives Matter. We condemn systematic racism and covert racism wherever it exists in this world. We condemn the oppression of black and brown communities. We believe it is not the responsibility of oppressed people to end oppression. Everyone must play a role.
This moment is a call to action. We join with activist and organizations in the call for racial justice and equality for black people and all people of color. It is time to stop the racist killing of black people at the hands of law enforcement officers.
Affirming that black lives matter engages with our mission “to support and promote positive community involvement.” The Directors of this foundation continue to be guided by the life lived and the lessons learned from our parents in the commitment to their communities.