Over the weekend, an act of domestic terrorism occurred that took the lives of three individuals, Heather Heyer, Pilot LT. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates and injured many others. This act and the racism that still permeates within this country is counter to everything the United States of America stands for. It’s against everything the Network for Social Work Management Stands for.
As human service professionals, leaders, social workers, advocates and community organizers, we are taught to respect the inherent dignity and worth of others, all the while remaining mindful of our individual differences, cultural and ethnic diversity. That’s exactly what Heather Heyer was doing when she was killed while taking a stand against hate. Thank you, Heather for the act of leadership you shared with the world.
No one in this country should have to live in fear or be made to feel unwanted. The violence by White Supremacists and evil ideology spewed has no place in this country and should not be tolerated.
Now, more than ever, we must unite and stand up to the toxicity enveloping our country and denounce all forms of hate and injustice.
Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
There is strength in numbers, so let us use the deplorable events of this weekend to serve as a reminder that our work is not done. We are needed more than ever in words and actions to ensure that not only is our society diverse, but inclusive.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of those killed, all those injured, and everyone else impacted by this violence.
Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Social Work Management