The Wayne Education Association, like all compassionate Americans, was horrified by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police.
All Americans need to finally come to terms that these bias incidents are not isolated. America has a long way to go in its quest for due process, equal protection and equal opportunities for all its citizens. It is up to all of us to take action to fulfill this American dream for all our people- not just those that are somehow privileged by their skin tone. Unchallenged, the United States can never reach its true potential and, in fact, this type of hate, all too common in our country, will serve to erode the soul of our republic. Racism and other forms of hate are a malignancy on the body of the United States of America. Living with it is no longer an option.
We suggest that it is not only a time that demands action. It is also a time of self-reflection. We must face our shortcomings as a society, just as we face our individual prejudices. We must recognize them. The road to increased understanding starts with each and every one of us.
We all can and must do better in understanding the lives of others. Our collective inability to see people beyond the color of their skin is a well-worn tale in America. We must all do better by exhibiting tolerance and acceptance. The mark of a great nation is how it rises above its challenges. This challenge has never been greater – and the stakes- our country’s future, have never been higher.
Eda Ferrante – President
Donna Reaver – 1st Vice President
Kerrian Palmieri – 2nd Vice President
Robert Sarti – Treasurer
Dennis Carroll – Secretary/Government Relations
Brian Watson – Grievance and Negotiation