How we can heal

by Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan

Words fail when I try to describe the events of the past few weeks. In the midst of a pandemic that disproportionately kills black and brown people, the pain, suffering and anger over the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have touched every community in America, including Richmond.

Like so many others, I am overcome by the sheer, utter exhaustion of being black in America. We are exhausted. We are hurting. We are frustrated. We are scared. We are angry. None of these feelings are new; we’ve seen and felt it all before. We all feel the pain of the endless struggle to make the ideals upon which this nation was created a reality for all, despite a foundation of inequitable hierarchy.