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Ted Wells Reflects on Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd in Forbes

May 23, 2022

Litigation partner Ted Wells shared his thoughts on the ongoing struggle for racial equality following the murder of George Floyd with Forbes in “Two Years After George Floyd, Black Leaders Reflect On Change.” In the article, published on May 23, Ted reflects on coming of age during the civil rights movement and how much has changed—and not changed—since then. He discusses the current formal and informal efforts to impede progress toward racial equality in the U.S., as well as the need for hope and optimism amid the despair.

“Many Black children of my generation were drilled on how you could be murdered for the mere fact of being a Black person in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Ted. “That lesson continued with George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery,” Ted added and, while their murderers were convicted, “the violence continues, as we saw earlier this month in Buffalo. I want to believe that we are mourning this tragedy together, that the outrage will lead to change. You have to try to temper your frustration and despair with hope and optimism.”

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