We meet here again, hearts weary, spirits low, energy depleted. Media replaying horrifying images and video through our televisions and computers. Families huddled together, crying and embracing. Humble memorials of flowers and items to mark a life cut short.
Yet another person taken too soon who could have lived to raise their child, bring joy to their family, and enrich the fabric of our society. And why? Because like thousands who came before him, Daunte Wright’s skin was the wrong color for a system that saw him as “other” as “threat” as “less than.” This racism and violence cannot continue to be our norm. We must root it out. We cannot become inured to the grief, the loss, the absolute horror of it. This injustice is harming our humanity, depleting our society. We must do better.
At Fraser, we will continue to work tirelessly to strive for equity and inclusion for all. As caregivers, we hear the fear, see the sadness, and understand the emotional exhaustion in our clients and the staff who care for them. We will work to heal the trauma our community carries as a result of these injustices. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could stop the trauma before it starts? We remain committed to strengthening our anti-racism initiative and vow to find more ways to minimize this pain.