So much has happened over the past days across our Nation to deepen our wounds. People and communities of color have been subject for generations to racially discriminatory and abusive policies and tactics. The current public reaction reflects the pain and anguish felt by all citizens of good will who believe in the right and the just.
We are proud that one of our most distinguished alumni, Elijah Barnes (Class of ’17, now an incoming senior at Princeton University), has led peaceful marches in Monmouth County to call attention to the horrific murder of George Floyd, only the latest of outrages against people of color, when jogging can become a death sentence. A story in the Asbury Park Press, a link to which is above, tells of Elijah’s peaceful activism.
MDP has long tried to create an atmosphere in which everyone is treated respectfully and civilly. We have tried to be an institution in which colleagues are invited to join our community without regard to race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. We want to work together, and not only talk with one another, but to listen, and then to listen a little bit better. We vow to continue to strive towards those overriding goals. If we work towards those goals, we will be successful, not necessarily just as a school, but as individuals and as mature citizens. Whatever your political affiliation, surely you agree that now is the time to unite around common goals of peace, unity, and prayerful reflection on what is important to us as a Nation, as citizens, as members of the MDP community. The ancient Roman Marcus Aurelius wrote: “If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.” We agree.
So we as a community must join Elijah in remembering Mr. Floyd, and all the other victims of racial discrimination, wherever it may occur. As Martin Luther King taught us, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” So say a prayer, offer a silent thought, and let us support the calls for justice and an adherence to the rule of law, in which we believe and which will prevail.
May God bless you all.
Link to Asbury Park Press story: https://bit.ly/2MwC3z3