The last few months have been a challenge. We’ve experienced a global pandemic that pushed us out of our offices, out of our community gathering places, and kept us in our homes. What was unthinkable a short time ago has become the norm. We are wearing face coverings, keeping our distance from family, friends, and passers-by alike, and monitoring our temperature to ensure we stay healthy. What we’ve done to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities has not been easy.
After sixteen town halls, I know that each of us have found this time challenging, albeit in different ways. Now, like you, I’m struggling as a result of the tragic death of George Floyd and the aftermath. I know it is important to speak about this, but I’ve been worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the right words to express what is in my heart right now. This morning, I saw a statement from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that gave a voice to what I’ve been struggling to say.
Secretary Mnuchin said, “[f]ollo