Ameinu is horrified and disgusted by the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd by police last week in Minneapolis. Floyd’s tragic and senseless killing is merely another example in an all too long line of innocent people of color who have been murdered at the hands of law enforcement throughout the United States. Ameinu stands with communities of color, the disposed, the disenfranchised, the invisible, and the unheard in condemning this murder and demanding justice for all people. Law enforcement must be held accountable and must be reformed in order to actually protect and serve the communities in which they work.
Today’s struggle for justice for George Floyd and for other black and brown victims of police violence is not new. It is merely a continuation of the fight against centuries of the systemic racism that constitutes America’s original sin and continuing shame. It is well past time for the United States to come to terms with its past as well as its present and to take tangible steps to address the plagues of racism, poverty, and inequality of opportunity for communities of color.
Ameinu stands in solidarity with the peaceful protestors throughout the country and the world who are saying “Enough!” to hate, to violence and to bigotry.