George Floyd is the latest in a long line of black men and women who have
been murdered by the police. This has gone on for far too long, and it must
end. Now. No more platitudes, no more empty rhetoric, no more vague promises
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We demand the immediate end
to violence against African-Americans. We reject the false narrative that
these protests are an obstacle to progress. Colin Kaepernick peacefully
protested and was ostracized for it. Nearly 60 years ago, in his Letter
from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “You deplore the
demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to
say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought
about the demonstrations.” Minneapolis in 2020, Ferguson in 2014, and
Birmingham in 1963 – the cities and dates change, but the root cause remains
the same. So more is needed. We need concrete action, not bromides.
In addition, we demand a holistic agenda for the advancement of people of
color. The coronavirus epidemic has laid bare the challenges people of color
face every day. Healthcare, food security, financial independence, access to
technology – in these areas and more, people of color have been and continue
to be disproportionately and adversely affected. This, too, must end.
If we are not part of the change, we are part of the status quo. We vow to
be part of the change we seek, and also to support those who protest and act
for change. We see you, we hear you, we are with you.