The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor joins Jewish and other communities across the nation in expressing our grief and outrage over the killing of George Floyd. We mourn the senseless death of George Floyd and pray his memory is for a blessing to his family and all who loved him. We mourn the deaths of countless others who have lost their lives because of hate, racism and bigotry. We stand in solidarity with our friends in the Black community and in all communities of color, united as an ally in the fight for equality and the right of all people, regardless of the color of their skin, to live without fear.
Racism will not be defeated unless we come together. We call on people of all races, ethnic backgrounds and faiths to speak up now against the systemic racism that is a long-standing disgrace, for which we all share responsibility. Violence, indifference and prejudice must not prevail. We rededicate ourselves to a basic Jewish tenet: to uphold our responsibility to care for all life. All humans are created equal, and we will work alongside our neighbors to secure a more just and caring world.
Jessica “Decky” Alexander
Jewish Community Relations Committee Chair