Statement from Cultural Vistas President + CEO, Jennifer Clinton, on the George Floyd Verdict

Statement from Cultural Vistas President + CEO, Jennifer Clinton, on the George Floyd Verdict | April 21, 2021

Cultural Vistas commends the guilty verdict in the trial of the murder of George Floyd. In the words of Keith Ellison, the Attorney General of Minnesota, “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice…” Let us continue to stand together to call on the accountability of our leaders and institutions wherever there is injustice.

While we take a moment to celebrate this victory in the fight against systemic racism, the uncertainty of what the verdict would be reminds us that there is still much work to be done.  We have always seen the purpose of our work to bring people closer together through the exchange of knowledge, values and perspectives.  We will continue to pursue this purpose through our mission to equip the next generation of global leaders to solve complex challenges through exchange.  In this work, we will help individuals develop an appreciation of diversity, value mutual understanding, and strengthen their ability to bridge differences to build a more just and equitable world.

Today and always, we remember George Floyd and the cries for change ignited by his senseless death. We are grateful to our community for the ways in which you are supporting this work by listening, learning and finding ways that we can come together to create meaningful change. We stand with you and with the Black community in solidarity to dismantle systemic racism.