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An Open Letter to our JA Family

An Open Letter to our JA Family:

While the global pandemic created by COVID-19 left many uncertain and uneasy about the future, the horror of May 25, 2020 has crystallized what must be done to be the UNITED States we have always intended.
Junior Achievement of San Diego County is deeply disturbed by the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others before - and since - and we're committed to joining the effort, necessarily uncomfortable for some, that San Diego and our country must make. And let’s be clear: this brutal event is not an anomaly but only the latest tragic illustration of injustices that has been on display for far too long.

As a first-generation American of color, I learned early on how the color of my skin contributes to attention from law enforcement; I know how much it hurts - and eventually frustrates - to feel "less than" and "un-American" because of appearance. Unfortunately, systemic racism over hundreds of years has created gross inequities today in measurable quality of life indicators (health, education, income, wealth accumulation, etc) for people of color. Predictably, these built-in disadvantages continue to inhibit economic prosperity, especially within the black community, by any measure … and JA San Diego continues to be uniquely positioned to be part of the solution.

As we proudly join others calling for truly equitable policies across society, we will continue to actively empower historically disenfranchised communities through the education of youth, preparing them with the tools to access economic success that so many of us were inherently privileged to learn.

Sincerely,

Siddhartha Vivek
President & CEO, JA San Diego

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