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On Racism

A Message from Brooklyn Historical Society

As we grapple with the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, Americans across the country have expressed righteous anger at this incomprehensible incident. On behalf of the Brooklyn Historical Society trustees and staff, we express our sympathy to the family of George Floyd, and countless Black and Brown Americans who have lost loved ones resulting from unjustified violence inflicted upon people of color, across time and throughout the Nation.

In the interest of encouraging learning, listening, and action, we have curated a selection of conversations on subjects pertaining to the fraught history of race in America, organized into three topics: "Confronting a History of Injustice," "Structural Racism in America," and "Processing Privilege and Moving to Action." We hope you will take a moment to revisit them and continue these conversations in your communities.

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