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April 20, 2020 — In the words of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “the death of George Floyd highlighted and amplified the deep need to see the sacredness in all people, but especially those who have been historically oppressed.” As a community of faith that sees the face of Christ in every person, Jesuits must remain committed to the ongoing work of racial justice. This verdict, as important as it is, will not cure us of the racism embedded in our criminal justice system. We are called to examine the sin of racism in our society, acknowledge our own participation in racist systems, and work alongside communities of color and all people of good will to advocate for significant police reform and racial reconciliation.
Jesuit colleges and universities have also issued statements on the outcome of the Chauvin trial. Click here to read them.