Cornerstone’s Statement on Anti-Asian Hate Incidents & Racial Injustice
Cornerstone continues to stand in lament and solidarity with Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders throughout this pandemic and the recent surge of violence, discrimination and hate crimes. We condemn all racism, prejudice, inequality and injustice throughout our world and communities. We affirm our commitment to equality, social justice and anti-racism. Cornerstone will continue to work with allies in our community towards a more just and equitable society.
Posted May 31, 2020: The Cornerstone Family is deeply saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to the murder of George Floyd and previous injustices, reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel. Although we do not agree with the destruction and acts of violence in our city or any city, the depth of pain and feeling unheard and unseen have resulted in this needless violence and destruction. It is all unjust and painful! From watching the life being choked out of Mr. Floyd to reviewing the destruction of cities across the nation. Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery. The current events highlight there is still more work do in the areas of racial equality, justice, diversity, and human rights. These recent events only forge the recommitment of Cornerstone to social justice and racial equality. We are all accountable to living out justice and equality and acknowledging and honoring the human rights of others. We must recommit to breaking the repeated acts of injustice, inequality, violence and murder by raising our voices in a healthy and productive manner so that we are united to defeat injustice and white supremacy. We can no longer be bystanders as we observe injustice and systemic racism. We cannot afford to stand by and look while the lives of our black men continue to get snuff out with such little regard. We must turn our pain into purpose whenever possible. We must turn our oppression into opportunity and our silence into wise strategy. Additionally, we must use added preventive measures to aid in flushing out unwanted applicants who apply to the police departments across our nation and use reliable steps to intervene when unprofessional conduct, practices and policies are shown by anyone in authority with an egocentric and racist approach to people of color. Also, we must continue to train police who are committed to justice and equality and are truly working to protect with a servant’s heart. Dr. Martin Luther King stated that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Dr. Peonita Harris & The Board of Directors
Executive Director of Cornerstone Counseling Center