Disclaimer: This content material can set off and incorporates discussions about racism, police brutality and violence.
My coronary heart is damaged. Once more, one other black man, Daunte Wright, was murdered by police, this time in Brooklyn Heart, Minnesota, simply 11 miles from the place George Floyd was killed by police final yr. Whereas stunning to many, it sadly comes as no shock to me, as a black man in America. Most whites have by no means been arrested for an air freshener hanging from their rearview mirror, or apprehensive about their lives in a visitors cease, however it’s a violent – and sometimes even deadly – occasion far too widespread for folks of shade.
I additionally wish to acknowledge the ache felt by black communities in all places, for whom this violence is all too actual. I do know discussions like this may set off. To all of our white supporters, I ask you to empathize and help – and name you as much as mourn with us, come ahead and take motion. I am positive so many individuals are exhausted, however now shouldn’t be the time to close up.
The buildings of racism and oppression are put in place to exhaust us, divide us and frighten us. They attempt to forestall us from uniting in solidarity with one another and taking energy from the highly effective in order that we will create communities the place everybody can thrive, with clear air, water, water, power and a secure local weather for all.
We proceed to mourn as Minnesota, and in addition throughout the nation within the a whole lot of communities the place police violence, brutality and homicide are all too widespread. That is simply the newest police homicide of a black man, after centuries of racialized and state-sanctioned violence throughout the nation. From the deaths of Freddie Grey in Baltimore to Michael Brown in Ferguson to Philando Castile in Falcon Heights and plenty of extra, this combat in opposition to police violence is nothing new. And it will not go away and not using a concerted effort from everybody – together with you and me. The combat to finish racism and police brutality is a part of the Sierra Membership combat as a result of all of our fights are intertwined.
Whereas we wait to be taught extra, we should reaffirm that police violence and the murders of blacks should finish, together with the over-policing and racial profiling which can be endemic to our white supremacist police system. Additional progress and dedication is required from all of our native and state leaders to create insurance policies that dismantle the persevering with militarization of the police. We should all acknowledge that the central downside of public security is the dearth of deep and fervent dedication of native and state leaders to the combat in opposition to racism. It should finish.
The Sierra Membership’s mission is to create a habitable planet for everybody, however we can’t do it if our Black, Latin, Asian and Indigenous mates and communities concern for his or her lives due to a racist police system. The issues of anti-black racism, police violence and ecological destruction are intrinsically linked. We’re on this ecological and societal mess as a result of many enterprise and political leaders view black, brown and indigenous communities, the poor, and the pure world as disposable. And the police facilitate, implement and perpetuate this unfair system. We should demand an enormous structural change within the design and targets of our felony justice system.
And here is what we will do proper now: help teams that get the job finished, day in and day trip, communities which have labored for many years to finish police violence and create secure and wholesome communities for all. Be taught concerning the abolition of the police and the way we will, collectively, reinvent group security.
Donate to help these native teams in Minnesota, amplify their voices on social media, and be taught extra about them:
These are just some of the superb folks doing highly effective work in our group. I additionally wish to share the group that I co-founded, Rochester for justice, which works to realize racial justice and consciousness by way of training, advocacy and group organizing.
Collectively, that is the one strategy to create the longer term we’d like, the place everyone seems to be free to take pleasure in a clear and delightful atmosphere. Collectively, we will resolve all of our interrelated issues, no matter they could be.