DMARC Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

Today marks one year since George Floyd was murdered. In the days and months that followed his tragic death, our nation, state, and local community have seen some of the largest protests and calls for racial justice in decades, demanding action and systemic change. Individuals and organizations across the country are finally reckoning with the racism that has afflicted our country since its founding – racism that has held a pervasive grip on our society even to this day.

At DMARC, we have been taking a hard look at our internal and external practices and asking ourselves if we are making our community a more or less equitable place through our work. In the coming days, we will be sharing some of the changes we have made thus far, as well as our ongoing plans for the future.

But today, we grieve. Today, we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Jacob Blake, Daunte Wright, Andrew Brown, Jr., and too many other Black lives cut short by systems that have specifically failed people of color.

The family of George Floyd and the George Floyd Memorial Center are working to mark May 25th as a Day of Enlightenment going forward; in their words, an “effort to move from pain to purpose, hate to hope and tragedy to triumph.” To “be the catalyst for the change we want to see…” DMARC is proud to join them on that continued journey and continue to do our part as an ally to their efforts.

We can, we must, and we will do better.

Black lives do matter.

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