Black Lives MatterJun 01, 2020 2021-04-13 18:42
Black Lives Matter
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 of action.
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 peacefullyprotested 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 totechnology – 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.
~The MediaU Team