Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal President Ms. Natty Ndate Loeschke’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd
I n the land of the free and the home of the brave, systematic racism should not prevail. It is our responsibility as a nation to work on dismantling systemic racism.
I am saddened and outraged about the tragic death of George Floyd. Our thoughts and prayers go to George Floyd’s families, to the community of Minnesota and to all families and communities who have lost a loved-one.
Our strength lies in our ability to shift together, in our ability to rise and fall together. When we are unable to love and respect one another for who we are, when America is no longer able to sit her children around the same table, that is only when we, as American, have failed the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who fought for the union and liberty of all America’s children.
Events like Floyd’s death spark hatred and mistrust between law enforcers and the community they are to serve and protect.
Events like these, leave an everlasting mark on young people, especially young people of color.
The unrest that America has succumbed to in the last few days is a metamorphic volcanic eruption pressurized by systematic inequalities and injustice that most Americans are subject to on a regular basis. We must do better as a nation.
At Boys & Girls Clubs, we empower the youth to be a better version of themselves. We believe we have a responsibility to use our positions as mentors, educators, friends and parents to help you process the world around you, especially when times like these.
Please reach out to us, we are here for you. Please let us know how Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal can continue to be an active part of the solution.
I am addressing this message to my brothers and sisters in America, in Senegal and around the world, join me in quest of knowledge.
Let us all lead the quest for knowledge. When we know our rights and the extent to which the law allows us to exercise our rights, then, and only then, we are able to shape our lives and the lives of our offspring. Knowledge is acquired through learning, and is a fundamental Human right.
Remember that what you know determines how you conduct yourself, and the way you conduct yourself plays an essential role in how you interact with people and how they will approach you, and treat you.