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By Beth Shapiro, Executive Director
June 4, 2020
Our meal recipients share their stories – and we listen.
Thomastine, 92 years old, once dreamed of being a nurse. When she was accepted into college she was overjoyed. Until the admissions officer told her no one would ever hire her because she is black.
As a young soldier, Earl was excited to see the world. After weeks of basic training, he looked forward to enjoying a night on the town. Now at 85, he vividly recalls the moment he first saw the “Colored Only” sign on that city bus.
We’d like to think these are just memories. That this systemic racism is part of our distant past. But that’s simply not the case.
After the senseless murder of George Floyd and the protests that have followed, none of us can ignore the painful reality our black neighbors face every day.
Citymeals stands with black communities here in New York City, across the country and around the world.
Citymeals stands with our meal recipients, deliverers, chefs, volunteers, administrative staff and donors – our Citymeals family – in condemning racism in all its forms.
Over the past week we’ve heard so many stories. They’ve filled us with anger and grief.
We all must continue to listen and learn.
Citymeals asks that you commit here and now to ending racism and the violence it provokes against communities of color everywhere.