Chancellor Kimberly Beatty Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Murder Trial
Last May, the world watched in horror the video of George Floyd losing his life at the hands of then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. On April 20, the attention of the world was once again focused on Minneapolis as a jury convicted Chauvin on three counts, including the second-degree murder of Mr. Floyd.
While this verdict brought a measure of relief to the Floyd family and many in communities of color, we cannot now turn a blind eye to continued acts of police violence, particularly those against populations of color.
Metropolitan Community College continues to stay committed to teaching and embracing the ideals of equity, justice and diversity. We are also committed to training and graduating police officers through our Public Safety Institute who are dedicated to protecting and serving all members of society. Only through education and dialogue, and the resulting reforms, can true progress be made in ending this cycle of violence that has for too long been a sad chapter in our country’s history.
A message from the chancellor: Attacks against Asian-Americans are heartbreaking, and make clear the need for more diversity education
The past 12 months have been a time of great tragedy, challenge and achievement in this country. Unfortunately, for a segment of our society, Asian-Americans, a rash of violent attacks have also made this a time of growing fear. The images and stories of physical and verbal assaults against Asian-Americans have been truly heartbreaking. The fact that so many of these assaults have been conducted against the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens makes the attacks even more disturbing and the actions of the attackers more hateful and cowardly.
In the wake of these attacks, Metropolitan Community College stands more resolved than ever to support diversity education and to address the root cause of these attacks. The important truth is, words have consequences. While this pandemic has been stressful on us all, scapegoating and targeting a segment of our population is never an acceptable course of action.
I am encouraged to see our elected leaders speaking out against this violence. My hope is that strong stances from our leaders will lead to a swift reduction in violence and open important channels of dialogue. These attacks on Asian-Americans, following so closely on the heels of the attack on the United States Capitol where hateful and racist imagery was on display, and as the trial in the murder of George Floyd gets underway, make it clear how far we as Americans have to grow in race relations. Let’s not let hate overcome what should truly be a season of hope and renewal.
Dr. Kimberly Beatty