OpEd: Bedford Embraces Diversity, Speaking Out

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Bedford Embraces Diversity, born seven years ago as an antidote to senseless hatred, stands in solidarity with the millions of Americans who are saddened and outraged by recent events surrounding George Floyd’s death. We speak primarily to our neighbors in this town – but we are also Americans, with a responsibility to demand the unconditional justice and fairness that are supposed to define our national ethos.

Three months of plague have exposed the disproportionate tragic results of our country’s shameful inequality — of opportunity and of health care — manifested in overflowing urban emergency rooms, ICUs and morgues. Yet, as an educator observed, in a week marked by the virus death toll exceeding 100,000, and the ranks of unemployed Americans swelling past 40 million, the incomprehensible killing of one individual moved the nation.

As we struggle to process what has happened and the growing sense of chaos, one thing is clear: our community must be part of a national effort to work toward a better tomorrow, replete with kindness and compassion. Please join us as we look to each other for support.


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