June 1, 2020

Our Diversity Is What Makes Us Strong

Category: Community

Author: Bayview

A message from our Chaplain, Juliana Bateman:

My dear Bayview community, I come to you with a heavy heart in light of the most recent act of violence against a person of color by police. Our country has erupted with outrage, sorrow, righteous anger, desperation, confusion- and rightly so.

Context is everything. The history of racist violence against people of color in this country is horrendous. We must not look away, justify, or defend. As Maya Angelou said, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.” George Floyd’s murder is just the most recent incident. Each of us, needs to work towards justice, in our own hearts, in our communities, and in our country and world.

We stand with George Floyd’s family and friends, and all those who are demanding justice and working for systematic change.

May we all listen to others’ experiences and views, especially those that are different from our own. May we continue to learn about the injustice that infiltrates every part of our country, and actively work to change it. Talk with your families and friends. Engage them in discussions about racism. Sign petitions. Vote. Speak out.

Our residents and staff of color are an integral part of our community at Bayview. Our diversity is part of what makes us strong. May we continue to honor and cherish our differences.

Juliana Bateman
Bayview Director of Spiritual Care

11 West Aloha Street

Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: (206) 284-7330