Apr 20, 2021 RWJBarnabas Health Response to Today’s Verdict

A father, a son, a brother, and a friend to the many who knew him personally, George Floyd has come to represent the larger systemic issues for the nation. His tragic murder marked a moment in history when countless inequities surfaced to illuminate the social injustice that has existed in this country for generations. Mr. Floyd’s life and legacy will be remembered by those who loved him, and inscribed in history as a catalyst for change.

RWJBarnabas Health affirms that the life of George Floyd mattered. Black lives matter. Throughout the history of this country, from the time of slavery to the present, African Americans have been dehumanized and made to feel invisible, or as if their lives did not matter. While one victory does not negate countless defeats, it provides a glimmer of hope that we, as a country, are ready for transformation.

RWJBarnabas Health understands that the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, has been difficult to watch; the details have been graphic and painful to many. We stand with each of you.