To Our Community…

The words are very tough these days; frankly, words just do not seem to be enough. The pain is so high; rightfully so. There are so many emotions we are going through as a community and a nation, and at REAL LIFE. We are sad, frustrated, disappointed, mad, and angry. Yet, we are still hopeful. Through this, we remain prayerful and put our trust, hope and faith in God.

We pray for justice. We pray for change. We pray for years of hatred to finally be changed. We pray for those who do “see color” to have a softened and changed heart. We pray for conversations to be had, heard, and acted upon.

We are beyond saddened and angered by the injustice and senseless murder of George Floyd and the many others that came before him. We are disheartened by the “cops” who stood by and watched this senseless act. We are maddened by it.

We have so much sympathy for George Floyd’s family and loved ones. For the mothers who fear for their African American sons. For family members who constantly worry about being discriminated upon. For all of those who are bullied, treated terribly, and even killed simply due to the color of their skin.

We are sad for the violence and riots that are occurring, but are encouraged by the peaceful protests and the message they are carrying during the protest. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “riots are the voices of the unheard.” Let us come together and hear, so that the violence can stop! Let us listen, so that finally, we be a part of the change.

From the staff at REAL LIFE, we work daily to bring a voice to the voiceless. We will continue to do this, but on a greater level. We will ban together to listen, learn, and be a part of the change!

On behalf of REAL LIFE,

Sarah Scarbrough, PhD
Founder and Director