The President of a Madison, Wisconsin Technical College spoke out yesterday with an email to the college’s stakeholders. His first sentence is most shocking. But he wasn’t the only one. The leader of the non-profit WIC provided some words to his stakeholders as well.
Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all the three counts he was charged with on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.
The response from the left was a happy halleluiah. They rejoiced in the results of the Chauvin trial. Candice Owens said best what the cheers were about:
What we’re really seeing is mob justice and that’s what really happened with this entire trial. This was not a trial about George Floyd or Derek Chauvin, this was a trial about whether the media was powerful enough to create a simulation, decide upon a narrative absent any facts. Whether it was powerful enough to repeat showing and talking about a 9-minute clip that came from somebody’s cell phone, without adding any context, without showing the full, the full police video, which they could have released. They refused to release the full body cam which would have added more clarity to the fact that the media was lying.
You know the media came out, let’s not forget this Tucker. The media came out and told us that this was a man who was just getting his life together. He was a good member of society and he got mixed up because a racist, white police officer had it out for him, and killed him.
All of that fell apart. All the facts came out and all of that fell apart. We now know, of course, that he had enough fentanyl in him, it was three times the the lethal dosage. Three times the lethal dosage in him when he died. But no one cares, because the media was successful in putting out a narrative and they kept hitting that narrative. And, the reason that the Democrats are happy is because they realize, of course, the media supports them. And that now means, the Democrats can get whatever they want because they can create a narrative and they can treat people like pawns and get them to basically say, ‘If we don’t get what we want, we will riot, we will loot”. We will send these people out like soldiers to destroy your neighborhood. And that is exactly what has happened. That has been the determination of this trial.
Well, a couple of those pawns happen to be leaders of some major institutions in this country.
The President of the Madison Area Technical College, Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President, shared his thoughts on the verdict in a memo to his stakeholders labeled “Reflections on George Floyd: Our movement begins”. This school touts itself as being the number one feeder school to the University of Wisconsin, located in Madison, Wisconsin.
In his memo, Dr. Daniels shares the following, but his first sentence is what sticks out [emphasis ours]:
Yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. Crowds erupted in joy, perhaps sharing a feeling that finally, this one … “didn’t get away.”
Like many of you, I share the sense of relief that a just verdict was delivered and I hold hope for the significance of an equally just sentencing. Yet emotions remain mixed. The verdict does not change the horrific way Mr. Floyd was killed. Nor does it change the fact that there have been—and continue to be—countless other people of color who are mistreated or have been killed by law enforcement officials who feel they are untouchable and above the law themselves. This verdict brings hope that like crimes will be adjudicated similarly and police officers will begin to be held accountable when their power is abused. As investigations unfold, hope must continue for answers on behalf of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo and so many others who met death prematurely by law enforcement.
This verdict informs and demands all of us to make good on the movement sparked last May in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s murder. What are we going to do going forward to make as big of an impact as possible toward our commitment to equity and inclusion?
It starts with respect. Respect of those whose lived experiences are different from our own. It is a time to understand the cultural history of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the effect that history has had on the growth and maturity of these individuals and groups. Understanding the history of discrimination and continued disrespect and ill-treatment of Black, Indigenous and People of Color is necessary to make forward progress.
• Our movement begins with a strong educational basis. We must be able to be welcoming, sensitive to individuals’ experiences, and provide the necessary support to ensure success.
• Our movement begins with understanding differences. And respecting those differences.
• Our movement begins with us acknowledging our biases and embracing a willingness to do something about them.
• Our movement begins collaboratively – with all of us working together to ensure that those who are underserved, underrepresented and disenfranchised find a safe and secure place to learn, maintain their individuality and ultimately succeed.
• Our movement begins with us practicing anti-racism and embedding that framework in our policies and processes. We must continue the hard conversations on race and support actions and policies that move us toward being an anti-racist college.
• Our movement begins with us ensuring our workforce reflects our student body.
• Our movement begins with us not accepting racism, discrimination and disrespect.
• Our movement begins with our connection to the community – listening and responding in critical ways.
• Our movement begins with engaging our local corporations and businesses, and providing a workforce that reflects equity, inclusiveness, and has the competencies necessary for career and personal growth.
• Our movement begins with being socially active, both individually and as a college. As the late representative from Georgia and civil rights activist, John Lewis, stated “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”
Our movement begins and never ends. We cannot stop making life better for those who are so desperately in need of help . . . of hope. As former President Obama remarked, “Hope is the thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.”
At Madison College, we commit ourselves to the success of our students and the communities we serve.
May our movement bring a brighter tomorrow,
Jack E. Daniels, III, PhD
Another leader, but this one of the non-profit, the National WIC Association, had some choice words as well.
Rev. Fr. Douglas A. Greenaway is the President and CEO of the National WIC Association. He is also a contributor at the far-left Huffington Post. Here is what he has to say. Again, focus on the first paragraph [emphasis ours].
Last Night’s Verdict: A Step toward Our Collective Futures
Statement from Rev. Fr. Douglas A. Greenaway
President & CEO of the National WIC Association
Last Night’s Verdict: A Step toward Our Collective Futures
Last evening, we learned of the unanimous verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, judged guilty in George Floyd’s brutal death – captured on video for all Americans to see. What Black lives know, beyond certainty, is that his death, at the hands of abusive authority, is not an isolated event. The failure of generations to see and witness this truth is the millstone that hangs around the necks of the rest of us. Before there can be healing in America, there must be acknowledgment, contrition, and amendment of life.
Amid a decade of social reform, driven by the civil rights movement and the Poor People’s Campaign, to end poverty and create opportunity for all Americans, the WIC Program was born. Its birth, in 1974, was an acknowledgment of the harsh poverty, undernourishment, and civic neglect witnessed in Appalachia, the rural South, and urban America. Before WIC’s birth, Americans had to be shown by television cameras the abject disparity that many of our neighbors suffered. It was only when we could no longer avert our eyes and at the urging of righteous leaders that we owned what we witnessed and were compelled to act.
Then, as now, our mandate was to empower WIC families to realize the power and strength of their often-silenced voices! We gave them tools to support health and life successes. That mission – our mission – is as critical now, as ever.
WIC resides at the crucial nexus of public health and social justice. Our families are of every ethnicity, race, culture, faith, and creed known to humankind. Their stories and circumstances are as diverse as the human condition. When we deliver our essential services with generous empathy and without judgment, the results tend toward success and the rewards are incalculable.
This calls us to leave our biases at the door, better still to work to unpack them, and dispose of them. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rightly declared racism a public health threat. As public health workers, we must recognize this pernicious behavior plays out not just overtly, as in the streets of Minneapolis, but often through microaggressions in the worlds we each occupy – our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our faith communities, our social clubs, and our families.
The recent police brutality in Minneapolis and Virginia yields deep feelings of sadness and outrage. They are tragic reminders that we have much work to address racial bias and systemic racism in our country. When tragedies like the assault on Army Lt. Caron Nazario in Virginia, or the murders of Breonna Taylor, in Louisville, KY, Adam Toledo, in Chicago, IL, Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, MN, and George Floyd occur, we are presented with the opportunity to look inward; to ask ourselves crucial questions of complicity. What part might we play, intentionally or unintentionally, in dismissing or embracing those near to us or far from us, those like us, or unlike us? What part might we play, intentionally or unintentionally, in aiding or ignoring those among us who are lost, who might perpetrate such violence?
Our WIC family joins in support of and in solidarity with our Black staff, colleagues, and participants who may see themselves or their family reflected in recent victims of police brutality. Anti-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) violence and racism are manifest when we fail to acknowledge and dismantle the structures, attitudes, and effects of white supremacy. We each have a part to play in turning this public health threat around, in working towards healthy, safe, equitable communities free from racism and violence.
Actions We Are Taking
NWA has taken the following steps to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in the WIC community:
NWA’s Board of Directors endorsed strategic priorities to grow WIC allies and accomplices to dismantle anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in the WIC program and community.
NWA has joined a chorus of other organizations – led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – to call for federal statutory reforms that will address police accountability and use of force.
NWA continues to advocate for critical legislation – including the Momnibus championed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Alma Adams (D-NC) – that addresses disparities in Black maternal health. These proposals include specific provisions that will incentivize diversification of the WIC workforce and provide implicit bias training to current WIC staff.
NWA actively participates in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) & AIM-Community Care Initiative to promote safe maternal care for every US birth and to support the development and implementation of non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the United States.
NWA formalizedits commitment to health equity in December 2019 and received funding from the Walmart Foundation to Advance Health Equity to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion (AHEAD) in WIC. Over the next 18 months, NWA will be working with seven Health Equity Champions from the WIC community to identify promising practices for prioritizing health equity in WIC.
NWA convened task forces focusing on maternal mortality (see published 2020 report), infant mortality, and health equity, diversity, and inclusion to make recommendations for WIC action.
NWA is building out access to anti-racism tools on the WIC Hub that will expect to be available before the end of the fiscal year.If you’d like to view or share this statement, please visit NWA’s blog.
Why did these ‘leaders’ feel the need to respond to this court case? Do they have any concerns for the people who lost their businesses, their jobs, and their lives from the BLM and Antifa riots that spawned after George Floyd’s death? Are they even aware that George Floyd had more than enough fentanyl in him to kill him? Do they believe all policemen are evil and are running around wanting to find black men to abuse? Who are the others who got away with police brutality of black men? Do you believe only black men are singled out? Have you considered the number of crimes committed by young black men versus other races? Do you have any concerns with fatherless homes? What is your political affiliation?