Dear Campus Community,
Today Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. While for many there is some measure of justice found today, I cannot help but feel the trauma of years of injustice, unequal treatment, hate, and violence toward our communities. Today’s verdict moves the needle, but barely. We must continue to stand up for injustice and to work hard in our daily lives to speak out against racism and hate in all forms, regardless of targets. We have so much work to do as a nation to reach the level of humanity to which everyone deserves regardless of race.
Ohlone continues to walk the talk with action—we have spent this year on a journey toward becoming an equity-based, anti-racist institution through our structural framework. As an institution of education, I am proud of the efforts Ohlone has made thus far in opening up the conversations regarding racism and hate crimes. We will continue these conversations and welcome you to join us as we work to engage, to call into account, and to reflect on the actions we can take to heal the wounds of prejudice and hate.
It is our duty as an educational institution to teach, to expand minds, to open doors of understanding in order to achieve growth, and to abolish ignorance. We shall continue showing up, serving our students, fellow employees, and arriving each day remembering the unity in diversity within our community.
Eric B. Bishop, Ed.D.
Ohlone Community College District