A Call for Truth, Respect and Unity

Yesterday’s breach of the United States Capitol follows years of assault on our democracy from some of the most powerful political leaders in the country. Some of us have reacted to these assaults with outrage, others with tolerance. Indeed, many of us have become numb. While law enforcement officers eventually quelled yesterday’s insurrection, we should not kid ourselves into thinking that something similar or worse could not happen in the days and weeks ahead.

We are living through one of the most turbulent periods in American history. If we are to endure as a nation, we must tone down the rhetoric and stop the spread of lies and misinformation that lead to events like we saw yesterday in our nation’s capital.

We can make progress on the key issues of our time, but only if we agree to uphold facts and truth, even when they are not what we want to hear. We must recognize the importance of conversation and relationships with people who see the world differently than we do.

At United Way, we have always understood that we can accomplish so much more together than we can alone. We have many differences, but there is more that unites us than divides us. Today, I call on all of us to remember the importance of mutual respect while we navigate the uncertain waters ahead.

James L.M. Taylor
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg