A Message From the Ikeda Center Staff on Recent Events

As a center committed to peace, justice and the dignity of all people, we stand in solidarity with everyone across the United States and the world who is demonstrating to end systemic racism and violence. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless others reflect a disregard for Black lives that has plagued this country for far too long. Enough is enough.  Black Lives Matter.

Each of these individuals was a family member, a friend and a loved one. They were all invaluable members of their communities. They did not deserve to be treated in the manner they were and surely did not deserve to die.

As we process the enormity of recent events, three passages from Center founder Daisaku Ikeda have deepened our resolve to stand on the side of humanity and the transformative power of dialogue:

  • “The struggle for social justice—the struggle to win true freedom and equality—is a major challenge and goal for all humanity. As long as people are discriminated against, oppressed and treated contemptuously anywhere in the world, we cannot rest; we must continue to seek a more perfect solidarity for all humankind. As Dr. Martin Luther King astutely observed, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

  • “There is no other solution to the problem of racial discrimination than realizing the human revolution in each individual. In other words, an inner reformation in the depths of people’s lives to transform the egoism that justifies the subjugation of others and replace it with a humanism that strives for coexistence among all peoples.”

  • “Dialogue is a bastion protecting human dignity against the assaults of violence, an essential force for the creation and expansion of peace.”

We at the Ikeda Center affirm our mission of building cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. Together, with our community of friends, we remain committed to engaging in courageous dialogue that breaks down the walls of mistrust, hatred, and division in the hearts of all people.

Because silence is not an option.

Based on Mr. Ikeda’s belief that open-hearted, open-minded dialogue presents the surest path to peace, we pledge, now more than ever, to uphold the founding mottos of our center:

  • Be the heart of a network of global citizens

  • Be a bridge for dialogue between civilizations.

  • Be a beacon lighting the way to a century of life.

 

Ikeda Center

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