As millions of eyes from around the nation look to Houston, we pause to express our solidarity with all who mourn the tragic loss of lives due to police brutality. We mourn not only the needless loss of lives but also the broader, systemic racism that it represents. We mourn the continued struggles of so many who are oppressed, who lack opportunities, and who are without a voice.

This painful moment is an opportunity to acknowledge the urgent need to fight the racial and economic inequities that we as a society have allowed to persist for too long. It is a poison that has eroded the fabric of our nation, and we have much work to do to heal and to recover from a long history of systematic oppression. We all have a role to play in this process, which will require humility, integration, and a level of unity we have yet to see... but it is one that we believe is attainable.

We at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research commit to doing more to inform efforts to improve racial and economic equity, including equitable access to good jobs, affordable housing, and most importantly, a high-quality education. We commit to helping efforts to improve upward mobility in our city and to serve as an example for other cities with similar aims. Our commitment to “building better cities, building better lives” is even stronger as we face today’s challenges together in order to create a better future, particularly for those who have been oppressed for too long.

 

  • Bill Fulton
    Director
    Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Ruth N. López Turley
    Director
    Houston Education Research Consortium
    Associate Director
    Kinder Institute for Urban Research