The Birmingham Islamic Society unequivocally condemns the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others whose lives have been mercilessly taken as a result of ongoing struggles within our nation related to issues of systemic and institutional racism, power dynamics, and disregard for Black and Brown lives. At this time, we specifically appeal to the Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz, to expedite the conclusion of a thorough inquiry to Mr. Floyd’s murder. Yet again, through a needless tragedy, we are reminded of the systemic oppression and racism faced daily by Black and Brown Americans. We, the people of the United States, are obligated by our constitutional duty to form an ever more perfect union, establish justice and insure domestic tranquility. This can only be accomplished by addressing the prevalent structural racism both at an individual and organizational level. Therefore, we must do our part by speaking out and actively working within our communities to overcome systemic and institutional racism. Only with the humble realization that all men and women are created equal will we treat each other with dignity and respect. The BIS grieves with the family of George Floyd and countless others, we pray and ever remain optimistic of a positive change for justice at all times.