Braintree, MA (April 22, 2021) – Peabody Companies and members of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, are encouraged by the verdict delivered in Minneapolis Tuesday. And, while we were relieved to see that convictions were handed down for all charges brought, we also understand that they represent only the smallest measure of accountability for George Floyd’s murder and the continued threat of race-related violence and systemic racist policing in our country.
The fact remains – Tuesday’s verdict will not return George Floyd’s life or relieve the grief and heartbreak his loved ones continue to feel. And, although welcome, the verdict is only one small step down the long path to ending hatred, cruelty, injustice, and racism within our country – and we have a long way to go.
Our commitment to creating an equitable and culturally inclusive society is unwavering. We will continue to listen, communicate, and engage in order for us to move towards a world that is safe and just — for all.