Statement from The Chicago Bar Association on George Floyd and Racial Injustice
June 2, 2020
‘As a Community of Lawyers, We must Seek to End Injustice and Inequity’
Chicago Bar Association President Jesse Ruiz released the following statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests and unrest in Chicago and cities across the nation:
“As an association whose mission and core values support fair-minded and objective administration of justice, the Chicago Bar Association stands with all who seek justice for George Floyd. We join Mr. Floyd’s family, friends, and the entire nation in mourning his loss. We must honor his memory--and the memory of the countless victims of police brutality before him--by continuing to demand better of our government and of ourselves.
We feel the pain and outrage of those demonstrating across the country to bring an end to the systemic racism that has been woven into the fabric of our nation for far too long. In these trying times, let us reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence.’
Now more than ever, we must also recall Dr. King’s assertion that ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ As a community of lawyers, we must seek to end the injustice and inequity that has persisted in our nation and draw upon our strength, our spirit, and our diversity to bring unity to our great city and create, for ourselves and for future generations, a more perfect union.”