United, We Must Build A Just And Equitable World For Everyone
We, at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, are outraged, devastated and heartbroken by the brutality that led to the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and so many other recent acts of racism and violence. Our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to their families and all those affected by these tragedies.
These recent incidents involving violence and threats against African-Americans, expose the persistent and underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with dignity and respect. Everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel safe, respected and protected. We can and must do better to guarantee that the rights and freedom of every person in every community are ensured and protected. In the end, we all have a role to play in creating a more equitable future.
At United Way, we believe that to achieve racial equity, we must unite as a society and commit to systemic change. We stand in solidarity with community members and other organizations addressing racial disparities across our nation. We remain committed to building an inclusive and equitable region where people from all races, cultures and communities have the resources and opportunities to thrive.
We support the many peaceful protests happening across North Texas, as we call for justice and continue to make our collective voices heard. We also stand alongside our state and local leaders to discourage the violence we have seen explode in our community over the past few days.
All of our children, including my son, are watching to see how we respond in this moment and counting on us to build a just and equitable world for everyone. It is my prayer, every day, that humanity will prevail, and love will conquer this brutal hate.
Working together and united, we are committed to addressing systemic challenges and inequities, healing our community and putting opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.
McDermott-Templeton President & CEO
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas