The West Hartford Democratic Town Committee joins with millions of Americans in condemning the senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police on May 25.
The murder of Mr. Floyd was just another in a string of horrifying and preventable aggressions that demonstrate law enforcement’s strained relationship with America’s black community. In the days following Mr. Floyd’s death, protests have erupted in cities across the country calling for justice. We echo that call.
We all have a part to play in confronting the institutional and systemic racism that continues to poison American society. That includes holding our institutions accountable and not turning our backs on the horrors taking place in plain sight. The murder of George Floyd, captured in a graphic cellphone video and watched by people around the world, must be a catalyst for meaningful change.
The trauma from violence and inequities experienced by black people living in America today must be addressed head-on. History will judge us harshly if we allow this moment to pass without deliberate action. Now is the time to act.
As former President Barack Obama said, “This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”
In the coming weeks, the West Hartford DTC will be making local calls to actions that include not just our members but our entire community. In the interim, we ask the residents of West Hartford to join the fight by supporting these and other non-profit organizations dedicated to racial equity and justice:
Equal Justice Initiative (www.eji.org): ELJ is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org): Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Teaching Tolerance (www.tolerance.org): Helps teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.