Governor Stitt released a statement addressing Juneteenth and its significance for Oklahomans.
He said in part, "we can admit that racism is real and that it's wrong, even if we haven't experienced it firsthand. After all, how can we be part of a solution to a problem we won't admit exists? Let us continue the Oklahoma standard by leading the way as a state, being forever willing to overcome our differences and work together for a better tomorrow."
The following is the governor's full statement:
“Today marks the celebration of Juneteenth – a day where we recognize the end of slavery in the United States and reflect on where we are as a nation.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting, listening and learning.
I’ve learned there are words I want all Oklahomans to hear: the lives of every Black man, woman and child matter. They matter to God. They matter to me as a person; and as governor, they matter to Oklahoma.
Of course, all lives matter, but there are Oklahomans who are hurting and need to hear the governor of their state say it clearly: YOU matter.
As a man of faith, I look to 1 Corinthians 12:26, which says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”
We can admit that racism is real and that it’s wrong, even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand.
After all, how can we be part of a solution to a problem we won’t admit exists?
Micah 6:8 says, “The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: ‘See that justice is done, to love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’”
Let us continue the Oklahoma Standard by leading the way as a state, being forever willing to overcome our differences and work together for a better tomorrow.”