Civil rights and human rights are core values for me. That's why the brutal killing of George Floyd shocked and sickened me. To his grieving family and friends, those of the foremost importance, I offer my heartfelt condolences for a life together, cut short.
For the African American community, the circumstances of Mr. Floyd's death are far too familiar. As a leader at the NCUA, I cannot just say "we need to do better." That line rightfully rings hollow to communities of color. Like each of us, I must take action within my sphere of influence.
Within the NCUA, I've begun developing a concrete plan to advance economic equality and justice at credit unions. We can do things like continuing to build a diverse and inclusive workforce, enhancing support for minority depository institutions, enforcing fair lending laws and funding initiatives aimed at closing the wealth gap. And, I want to hear your ideas based on your own life experiences. I'm listening and won't give up the fight!