Statement by the Executive Director of ASMC on the Death of George Floyd
For the past 75 years, the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) has been bringing people together toward our purpose of promoting education, training, and professional development in all aspects of defense financial management. We are the voice of the professionals that comprise the defense financial management community, and it would be unworthy of our membership not to exercise that voice at this point in time. Most of the 15,000 members of our Society are currently serving our nation or have served in the past, having taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution provides all citizens equal protection under the law. And yet, last week on Memorial Day, George Floyd was denied equal protection under the law. Rather, his life was taken violently and without any justification by members of our nation's law enforcement.
ASMC grieves over the death of George Floyd. We stand up for his family and for all of the African-Americans in our Society, in recognition of this horrible example of the continuing unfair treatment, inequality, and racism in our nation.
We are all indebted to the members of our nation's police forces who serve honorably in protecting all people (regardless of their color) equally under the law, however it is clear that we must call upon the mayors and chiefs of police of every municipality to review their policies, procedures, training, culture, and leadership climate, to end racial discrimination. Our justice system must deliver equal protection, freedom, inalienable rights, and justice guaranteed by our Constitution to all.
We must be as committed to social justice, inclusivity and leadership as we are to the professional development and advancement of our members. We welcome and encourage your input, and encourage all of our members to engage with each other openly and honestly to ensure that Americans participate in and contribute to a world free of prejudice and racism.
Thanks much for being one of our valued Lifetime ASMC Members Thelma and congratulations to your grandson on his excellent SAT scores. The unity reflected in peaceful protests and the acts of kindness that have occurred in many cities over the past few days provide hope that we will see real and significant change in how we respect and treat each other.