Racism against Blacks began in America in 1619 when the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown. It must end. Right now we are all horrified by the brutal killing of George Floyd. On the one hand, racism is embedded in many laws and customs. On the other hand, many laws, practices and local police policies are designed to be equitable. Our local protests show how many people care about this. We must come together to understand systemic racism and change to eliminate it.

Racism in California isn’t just against Blacks. I urge you to read Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Vargas. He describes the experience of being undocumented in Mountain View where he grew up. Everyone needs to be treated equally.