Supreme Court of California Issues Statement on Equality and Inclusion

June 11, 2020

In view of recent events in our communities and through the nation, we are at an inflection point in our history. It is all too clear that the legacy ofpast injustices inflicted on African Americans persists powerfully and tragically to this day. ·Each of us has a duty to recognize there is much unfinished and essential work that must be done to make equality and inclusion an everyday reality for all.

We must, as a society, honestly recognize our unacceptable failings and continue to build on our shared strengths. We must acknowledge that, in addition to overt bigotry, inattention and complacency have allowed tacit toleration ofthe intolerable. These are burdens particularly borne by African Americans as well as Indigenous Peoples singled out for disparate treatment in the United States Constitution when it was ratified. We have an opportunity, in this moment, to overcome division, accept responsibility for our troubled past, and forge a unified future for all who share devotion to this country and its ideals.

We state clearly and without equivocation that we condemn racism in all its forms: conscious, unconscious, institutional, structural, historic, and continuing. We say this as persons who believe all members of humanity deserve equal respect and dignity; as citizens committed to building a more perfect Union; and as leaders of an institution whose fundamental mission is to ensure equal justice under the law for every single person.

In our profession and in our daily lives, we must confront the injustices that have led millions to call for a justice system that works fairly for everyone. Each member of this court, along with the court as a whole, embraces this obligation. As members of the legal profession sworn to uphold our fundamental constitutional values, we will not and must not rest until the promise of equal justice under law is, for all our people, a living truth.

Sincerely,

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice

Carol Corrigan, Associate Justice

Ming Chin, Associate Justice

Goodwin Liu. Associate Justice

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Associate Justice

Leandra Kruger, Associate Justice

Joshua Graban, Associate Justice

from California Courts

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