Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd

As an American and as a human being, I have been deeply shocked and saddened by the events transpiring in my country over the last several days.

The murder of George Floyd has rightly horrified the world and reminded us all that, while the United States aspires to the highest ideals, our history has borne witness to a constant, unceasing struggle for full equality for all people.

Our diversity is our greatest strength, and we must all renew our efforts to not just show tolerance but to embrace difference and to know that violence against any of us is an attack on our collective freedom.  Peaceful civic engagement is the bedrock of democracy, and I fervently hope for a future in which mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends don’t have to fear for the safety of their loved ones simply because of the color of their skin.