PDAC issues statement on George Floyd's murder
The President’s Diversity Advisory Committee issued a statement on George Floyd’s murder on Juneteenth.
The June 19, 2020 statement begins:
Black Lives Matter.
George Floyd’s life was stolen by a white police officer. We witness that his life was taken as result of systemic racist practice and the authorities who uphold it. A bankrupt system of violence, oppression, brutality and aggression that must be reformed.
We respond to this atrocity with our eyes opened demanding change. We hear and see the pain of our communities. We cannot change this pain but we can provide a path to bring justice, and reform to defeat racism. Being “not racist” is not adequate. We must be anti-racist.
Read the full statement on the PDAC web page.
Also, read how the state of New Mexico observed the day by lowering the flag to half staff for the weekend. The state has recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday since 2006.
The U.S. National Archives issued this press release: “National Archives Safeguards Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order” about how it will preserve the original document associated with Juneteenth.