Jane Frederick, the 2020 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); issued a statement regarding the anti-racism protests over the weekend.

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Following this, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects speak out. They relay their support to the movement through an in-depth letter on 4 June.

The in-depth letter

The letter begins with a brief list of the victims. That is the victims of America’s keen hatred towards the black population and the brutality of the police. They account the frustration and anger they feel. They speak of the pain of 1,250 dead black lives since the start of 2015, in the hands of the police.

The AIA urges everyone to take action; to speak up for what is right. The Board of Directors makes it plenty clear that they support the protests. The protest taking place in the 50 states of the United States is the beginning to end systemic racism.

The AIA calls out the violence against people of color that has been noticed in a pattern since time immemorial, to which the state turns a blind eye.

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The letter quotes the words of Dr Whitney M. Young, Jr. who has passed more than 50 years ago. Dr Young said that decent people always have learnt to speak up. You do not need to be the victim in order to feel the pain of other people.

The AIA relents about how they cannot change the past. They promise to strive hard with the help of their community to dismantle the systemic racism that has overtaken this country.

The letter ends with an urge to speak out honour the innocent victims. The Board of Directors ends it with their signatures.

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