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Statement from Aquinas College President Kevin G. Quinn on the recent local and national protests:

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The injustices directed at our African American sisters and brothers and communities of color have caused extreme outrage, sadness and division across the country. Our communities are hurting. This is unacceptable.

Aquinas College is a place of welcoming, of learning and of Christ, our model of justice, peace, mercy and love. We are a College rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, and as such, are vehemently opposed to the systems and institutions that perpetuate inequality.

As a community we study ways to promote the greatest good, serve with a recognition of every person's dignity and pray that we may live in such a way that the beloved community of God's will be on earth as it is in heaven. Let us stand against the sin of racism and take action against its ills, individually, communally and systemically.

As we celebrate Pentecost today and the coming of the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth, may the Holy Spirit strengthen us to serve God through love, mercy, justice and peace.

I encourage you to read the statement from the U.S. Bishop Chairmen in the wake of the death of George Floyd and national protests as well as the statement from the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids.

May our prayers and actions help us all to see the face of God in all of our sisters and brothers.