As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
Slavery didn’t end in 1865, it just evolved.
Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative, Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Our American society in this Year of our Lord 2020 bears the scar of shameful centuries of slavery and nearly two centuries of inequitable, degrading, and often deadly treatment of our fellow citizens descended from enslaved people.
It is painful to me to write the words, ‘”Black Lives Matter,” because how can we exist as a nation if they do not? That is like my body saying, “my lungs matter,” or “my heart matters.” It is not sufficient just to say “Black Lives Matter.” Every person in America must dedicate herself or himself to living the truth of that statement every day. Perhaps then we can journey towards fairness, towards the original vision outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and somewhat expiate that dreadful sin which stands upon our nation’s very soul.
For the National Utilities Diversity Council, our core mission is to advance diversity and inclusion, and to elevate practices that increase opportunities for diversity and equity. Our Board, volunteers, and team affirm this every day and will continue to do so for as long as we exist. And we commit ourselves to helping, to the best of our capabilities, others to work toward these goals.
Just to be clear, NUDC thinks in stereo, not monaural, so, in case anyone is wondering:
Asian Pacific Islander American Lives Matter
Biracial and Multiracial Lives Matter
Caucasian Lives Matter
Disabled Lives Matter
Indigenous and Native Lives Matter
Latinx Lives Matter
LGBTQ Lives Matter