Verdict Statement

April 22, 2021

Today our thoughts remain with George Floyd’s family, friends, and community. While we know that a guilty verdict cannot bring him back, the outcome of the trial was groundbreaking.

The verdict is just one moment in a long history of systemic racism and violence against Black people in Minnesota and across the country. It is a single point of accountability in the ongoing fight for justice. History tells us that these accountability moments are necessary to demonstrate that we are on the path to justice and that change is possible.

We want everyone to understand and value the power of all history—it’s part of our mission. It’s what we do. George Floyd isn’t the first and won’t be the last unarmed Black person killed by police. Today, the family of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was also killed by a police officer, will lay him to rest. It is crucial that we tell these and other stories so that we can move forward together on the journey towards a more reflective, inclusive, empathetic, and informed society.

Briana Joyner, Chief Inclusion Officer and Director of Human Resources
Avi Viswanathan, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
Kent Whitworth, Executive Director and CEO