A Message From Our Leadership Regarding the Recent Murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor

By United Way of King County, on May 31, 2020 | In Statements from Leadership

The acts of racism and recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other black people stand in total opposition to the just and equitable community we work toward every day at United Way.

We share the rage felt throughout the community.

This rage is not the result of one week’s injustices—or even one generation’s. These injustices come on the heels of five hundred years of oppression. From the genocidal treatment of indigenous people, the slavery of Africans to building this country on the backs of black and brown and Asian people, these injustices are persistent.

It’s time we replace the anger, fear and despair felt for generations. At United Way, we envision a different tomorrow. We are committed to building an equitable, resilient and just society. One where people of color live lives of opportunity and are thriving. One where they leave a legacy of joy, pride, and wealth, rather than a legacy of historic race-based trauma.

Gordon McHenry, Jr.

President & CEO, United Way of King County

Fred Rivera

Immediate Past Board Chair, United Way of King County


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