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 "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring the Humanity
of African-Americans

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

African Diaspora Network stands with the African-American community and mourns the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others whose stories have not come to light. We hold these lives close to our heart, recognizing this:

Our community is suffering.
Our values are questioned.
Our humanity is compromised.

We must keep faith and hope alive as the United States meets a long overdue inflection point and opportunity for change. Last week, many of us witnessed the death of Mr. Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman while helplessly pleading to breathe, LIVE on social media. The murders of innocent members of the Black community are unjustifiable. What makes someone do such a heinous crime? Why is it that some lives are worth more than others? Who makes these decisions? 

The Black community has suffered for more than 400 years. The systemic racism that is inherited from slavery have targeted African-Americans and people of color well-past its the breaking point. The question is what are we going to do?  

We as a global community have the opportunity to hold our leaders accountable while also informing and educating ourselves to change systems, not only in America, but the systems of racial violence and police brutality that exist in many of our communities around the world.  

Our Shared Humanity – We are one human family with similar aspirations, hopes, and wishes. We will hold this to be true as we mourn the loss of Black lives and the countless African-Americans’ unjustified deaths.

Our Commitment to Each Other – We will continue to strive to bring Black and non-Black community members to collectively work together to make a difference in the communities where we live as well as the continent.  

We will use this critical moment to work together and strengthen our community through dialogue and action to overcome bigotry and inequality. We will continue to believe in each other and our shared values.  

African Diaspora Network was created to build bridges and bring communities together. We will do this with reinvigorated intention and commitment.

Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 
- Nelson Mandala, Former President of South Africa 

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