Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:

This past week has forced us to acknowledge and face the truth about the systemic racism prevalent in our country. As a mother, I have struggled to provide answers to my children and as an elected official I’ve struggled to find adequate words to express my deep sorrow about where we are today in America. We can’t just say that we need to do better. We must bring the truth about the legacy of bigotry out into the open and we must do the work necessary to create justice for all. Today, healthcare and education, rates of incarceration or murder are all disproportionately affecting people of color. And that will only change when we step forward with purpose and unity to change it. The time is now. We can do this together. We must.