Statement by the Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman
Today, May 25, 2021, we observe 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence to mark the duration of time that a police officer knelt on the body of George Floyd, leading to his death in Minneapolis, Minnesota one year ago. We stand in solidarity to honor his loss and the long line of Black men and women who have suffered racially-motivated discrimination and violence in the United States and around the world. Mr. Floyd’s murder prompted a national and international outcry for racial justice and equity.
We are a nation that prides itself on our founding principle that all men and women are created equal. We celebrate the diversity of our society, which encompasses humanity’s full range of ethnicities, cultures, origins, and sexual orientations. It is this diversity that makes us strong as a nation. And while the United States has made significant progress in addressing discrimination, the events of May 25, 2020 and others before and since make clear how far we must still go as a nation and as a world to combat racial discrimination in all its forms. So today we rededicate ourselves to the principle of equality and the value of diversity in our national journey towards a more perfect union.