[Originally posted to Facebook May 31, 2020]
Earlier this week, George Floyd was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis as a police officer knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes. It was filmed. There were witnesses. Three of those witnesses were other police officers. Before becoming unresponsive, George Floyd said, “I can’t breathe.” We’ve heard and seen this story before, yet time and again, it becomes abundantly clear that nothing changes. Black and brown people endure different treatment based on the color of their skin. It’s the greatest injustice that exists in this country but we repeatedly refuse to properly and genuinely address it. In 2020 America, we should be better and we need to be better.
As a community, we must be willing to engage in these hard discussions. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors. Educate yourself more about the history of racial inequality, discrimination, oppression, and white privilege. Listen to those whose life experiences differ from your own. Speak out when you see injustice. Reflect on your own privileges and biases. For some, this may be difficult and uncomfortable, but it’s necessary if we are to truly create a society where all people are treated equal.
Elected officials have the platform to impact our lives and make change. As a party, we must be willing to put forward ideas, policies, and candidates that seek to address the systemic racism that permeates throughout society. We are committed to ensuring that the leaders who represent the Stamford community are doing just that.
Our thoughts are with George Floyd, his family, and all people of color who feel the pain, anger, and sadness of this injustice and centuries of unjust oppression. We stand with you.
– Stamford Democratic City Committee