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President's Statement
June 9, 2020

 

To:  MCBA General Membership

 

We are saddened and outraged by the recent murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.  Their senseless killings, and countless others, have shed an even brighter light on the prevalence of systemic racism and discrimination against Black Americans in this country. We stand with communities around the state and nation who have come together in common cause to condemn the senseless killings of people of color, and to likewise condemn police brutality and the excessive use of force in all its forms.  We stand together in support of peaceful protests which are every citizen’s guaranteed constitutional right and condemn those who distract from the rightful call for justice by committing criminal acts under the guise of protest, with no intention of supporting the multitude of legitimate peaceful protests that have occurred and continue to occur around the nation. 

 

The MCBA has long been committed to promoting and maintaining diversity, dignity, and racial equality.  Although we have begun to make progress in advancing these goals, there is still much work to be done.  The persistence of racial injustice and its pernicious effects on minority communities and society at large inform us that we must come together to address long-held beliefs, assumptions and systems that have a disproportionately negative effect on people of color. We must act now to address the issues of systemic racism, bias, and discrimination in our justice system by speaking out against prejudice and injustice in all its forms and promoting equal justice for all. 

 

The MCBA recognizes that we must advocate for the immediate and continued reform of our justice system with a call for education, growth, and change. To that end, a board has been appointed to specifically address racial inequality and injustice, focused on providing resources and educational programming with the goal of starting a dialogue and bringing us all closer to a society in which everyone is treated equally. 

 

These are issues of common human dignity and basic human rights.  We are at a critical inflection point in our history.  We must seize this opportunity to utilize this painful yet promising time to hear, heal and help.  The MCBA is committed to achieving a fairer system of justice for everyone and particularly people of color.  It is our goal to effectuate systemic, lasting change for a better future for all people.

 

Thank you.

 

Eugene Wishnic
President


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