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Statement from Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity Co-Chairs First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor J Phillip Thompson, and Deputy Mayor Raul Perea-Henze on the Death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

"The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of millions of Americans, but the truth is that communities of color see, feel, and experience the painful cost of being black or brown every day. In our communities, the death of George Floyd and the loss of countless other black lives is a gut-wrenching reminder of the everyday nature of systemic racism and violence. Poverty, poor environmental conditions, and inequitable access to health care experienced by too many people of color are powerful forms of systemic injustice that we cannot and will not accept. The Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity remains committed to ensuring voices of color are at the table as we work to build neighborhood-based solutions for our hardest-hit communities."

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