Martin Luther King, Jr: “True peace is not the absence of conflict…. but the presence of justice.”
Typically, America’s Voice stays in the immigration lane. But at this moment, Americans from all walks and activists on all issues need to stand up and be heard. The killing of Black Americans, especially by agents of the state, is unacceptable, especially in a nation aspiring to achieve justice and equality.
The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice.
George Floyd was murdered by four policemen in broad daylight on a city street corner in Minneapolis. The perpetrators have not been arrested, charged and jailed for committing this murder. If we are to live up to our nation’s ideal — equal justice under the law — it is necessary for these men to be put behind bars.
Martin Luther King, Jr said, “True peace is not the absence of conflict…. but the presence of justice.” When young Black Americans can be murdered on the street and in their homes with impunity, there is an appalling absence of justice in America.
We fight for an America where Black people are not murdered by police.
We fight for an America that does not support the deployment of racial terror and ethnic division from the highest levels of government. We fight for an America that ensures equality and justice for one and all, regardless of the color of your skin, background or birthplace.
We will channel our rage, sorrow and commitment into the ongoing struggle for an America that translates its ideals into reality. We have a very long way to go but we will fight to get there together.
Black lives matter and we won’t rest until there is justice.