The recent murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and the horrifying behavior of Amy Cooper have reminded us, in the starkest of terms, that the insidious racism that has been built into the structures of American society remains fully present today. For people of color, they need no reminder. As grief and horror sweep the country, those of us who are not forced to confront racism every day are alarmed and outraged; for those who fear for their lives and their children’s lives daily simply because of skin color, there is instead a sense of recurring injustice.
Racism is an affront to our values and purpose at 2Life Communities. We cannot fix this massive societal ill alone, for sure—nor can we fail to do our part. Jewish law says: “It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but nor are you free to desist from it.” And so we accept this responsibility.
We embrace “diversity, equity and inclusion”. To that we add “contributing in a meaningful way to the dismantling of racist structures which undergird our society and diminish our collective sense of wellbeing.” We commit to action with metrics to keep this issue on the front burner, long after the public admonitions die down.
To our residents, we cherish every single one of you and will remain deeply committed to supporting you to be safe and to age well by aging in community. We hope you feel loved, included and respected and we will work every day to make sure that is true for everyone.
To our staff, every one of you adds a special perspective and value to our team. We respect you and care about your experiences as a team member here and as a member of the larger society. We are deeply saddened that you can experience hostility and discrimination and we will work to join with others to end that.
To our greater Boston community, we will join forces with organizations whose core mission is eliminating racism and remain vocal in demanding justice. Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, guides us: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Our work is ongoing, but we could not wait a moment longer to speak out.