** DR. EVD'S STATEMENT ON SOCIOPOLITICAL CLIMATE **
Dear friends and global citizens of the world,
As a person of color, many of you have asked me about my take on what is taking place -- not only in the USA but around the globe -- with respect to demonstrations/protests in response to police brutality and the unnecessary loss of [Black] lives. I realize this has become a highly emotionally-charged issue, and yet, we need to discuss these types of issues if we are to move the conversation forward, to further our understanding of systemic and institutionalized racism, and many other related topics.
First, I condemn any act of police brutality. Black lives do matter. This is more than a sound byte. It is a larger issue of how certain segments of our population have been treated and marginalized for not only decades, but literally for centuries. When we seek first to understand, there is so much we can learn about topics related to race, prejudice, and biases (both conscious and unconscious). We ALL must engage in listening more and NOT shouting matches. I encourage you to join one of many groups that have formed designed to increase understanding, empathy, and compassion for the current state of affairs.
In closing, I thank you for intentionally exhibiting the highest degrees of emotional intelligence and emotional agility during these difficult days. In addition, thanks for also displaying cognitive, emotional, AND compassionate empathy in the days/weeks/months ahead! I believe in you.In service,