Statement from President Michael V. Drake

Friday, May 29, 2020

Statement from Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake reflecting on the death of George Floyd, who died in Minnesota while in police custody:

"On behalf of The Ohio State University, I want to express our horror and disgust at the brutality and inhumanity we witnessed this week in Minneapolis. I am heartsick at seeing the death of yet another unarmed man in police custody, and yet another example of the racism that has crippled our nation for so very long.

"We must seriously and concretely redouble our efforts to end abuse, discrimination, bigotry and hatred.

"I have reached out to leaders in our community to deepen and extend our dialogue on how to actively address racial injustice. We have witnessed despicable acts like this far too many times in our lives. We must work as one to live up to our values and to create the just society that is our birthright."