Verdict in George Floyd Case

April 20, 2021

Dear all,

Just hours ago, the jury in the George Floyd murder case returned a verdict of guilty on all counts. In some ways, this is a relief. At the same time, it reminds us of the systemic anti-Black violence that persists seemingly without end. Floyd’s killing graphically exposed the brutality of systemic racism, and the worldwide protest that rose up in response stands as a clear and impassioned cry for justice.

Today even as this verdict shows that there can be accountability in our still imperfect judicial system, let us take time to think how each of us can unearth and overturn the structures and embedded practices that put Black lives at risk every day. Although the verdict cannot erase the pain, the horror, and the suffering, it is a crucial step in the ongoing efforts to combat police brutality.

We reaffirm our commitment to promote racial justice and equity at Vassar and beyond. Below are several opportunities to come together in community, to support our Black students, faculty, staff, and administrators and to be in solidarity in creating a more equitable world.

In person, Tuesday, 4/20, 7pm to 8pm—Chapel Tent (Tent 12) on President's Lawn
Contact: Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor

Virtually, Tuesday, 4/20, 7pm to 8pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 994 7700 1483
Contact: Kevin Collins and Capria Berry

 Virtually, Wednesday, 4/21, 3pm to 4pm
Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 994 7700 1483
Contact: Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor, Kevin Collins and Capria Berry

In person, Wednesday, 4/21, 4pm in the Residential Quad (near Rocky)

Take care,

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604