The events precipitated by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd and of others, which remain under investigation, have compelled the leadership of our organization to issue this public statement of sentiment. Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce (AE2C) was founded to create opportunities for Asian Americans and like-minded individuals on the basis of a common ethnic affinity. For that reason, we strongly adhere to the precepts of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of professional and civic life. We also condemn all forms of discrimination, both public and private. The death of Mr. Floyd has moved us to reaffirm these beliefs, but we conclude that more must be done.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Floyd, and hope that justice will be served following their loss. Cognizant that many others in our country – and indeed throughout the world – have also been moved, we share with them anguish over this tragic event, and support peaceful expressions demanding change, consistent with the First Amendment. But more must be done beyond assembly and demonstration. We urge our local, state, and federal leaders to address long-standing social injustices and inequities, especially those experienced by the Black community. And we urge all leaders to commit to pursuing equality of economic opportunity, equal protection and justice under the law. Although AE2C’s principal mission is to advocate on behalf of the Asian American community, unless all groups are accorded the same degree of fairness and equality, our mission remains unfulfilled.
At this time of reflection and introspection, we ask all Americans to look inward to see how their own attitudes and acts might better serve one another, free of prejudice and discrimination. AE2C’s activities and initiatives will continue to engage across diverse communities with the conviction that the mutual exchange of knowledge and insight benefit ourselves, our communities and the world at large. We are inspired by the protests against racial and social injustice and the aspirational words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”