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Impact:Peace Director Rachel Locke Co-Authors Call for Action to Address Significantly Worsening Conflict Dynamics in the United States

Wednesday, June 3, 2020TOPICS: ChangemakerFaculty and StaffHuman Rights and Security

In a Medium article published Monday, June 1, Rachel Locke, Director of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice's Impact:Peace Initiatitive, joined other former senior-level U.S. government international conflict experts to demand action following the protests related to the tragic death of George Floyd. 

The article begins:

Americans can no longer hide behind a vision of US exceptionalism. The impacts of long-standing structural racism, inherent to the country since the founding of our nation, have created deep and legitimate grievances. The necessary expression of these grievances is both essential to right the historical and present wrongs and is taking place within a broader context of national fragmentation and political polarization. Ignoring or failing to address long-standing structural racism is made more difficult when forces, both foreign and domestic, are lined up to advance polarization across our country. The tragic death of George Floyd is the latest spark, triggering an essential and urgent demand for action. While simultaneously, it is also providing an opportunity for antagonists to stoke the flames of polarization, invoking hard security responses, and dividing Americans during a global pandemic when solidarity is most needed.

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