Breaking the Silence

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

In drafting the Preamble to the United States Constitution, Gouverneur Morris succinctly and eloquently set the tone for the ingenious, yet imperfect, document, and the amalgamation of amendments to follow, that collectively sought to enumerate an idyllic American experience. Radical and progressive at the time, the Constitution of the United States sought to ensure basic human rights and liberties for its citizens. Today, in 2020, far too many of America’s citizens still can only aspire to these basic, yet fundamentally American values. 

I will paraphrase the June 1, 2020, World Affairs Council of America communication in clearly stating Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council’s stance on racism. 

In this important moment, we are seeing clearly the overt and systemic racial injustice that exists in our nation and within our communities. It is time we acknowledge injustices so that we may be a part of the solution. 

SECWAC exists to serve our community and strives to include people of every race, color, orientation, religion, nation of origin, and background. Today, we stop contributing to the silence that has allowed racism and inequality to persist. 

By this stand, SECWAC is not breaking with our position as a non-partisan organization: respectfully, we suggest that this is not a partisan issue, but one of basic human rights owed not to politics or party but to decency and nation.

A more perfect Union remains a goal of all Americans. Individually, through small, private acts and collectively, by demanding grand, sweeping cultural and legal change, we can extinguish the unacceptable imperfection of racism in our country.

– Richard W. Stout III, Chairperson 
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 

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