Accelerate Change Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and the Ongoing Brutality Towards Those Who Protest Racial Injustice
June 2, 2020
We watched in anger and horror as Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, choking him to death. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis is part of a long line of killings of Black people by law enforcement officers who rarely, if ever, are held accountable. His murder and the broader scourge of police brutality is rooted in centuries of our nation’s denial of the humanity of Black people and embrace of white supremacy.
This killing is not an accident or an anomaly. We know the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, Jordan Edwards, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown, but countless others who have not been in the light of a cell phone camera have been killed over decades.
The protesters across the country who are calling out “I can’t breathe” and “Stop killing us” are asserting their right to protection from police brutality and demanding accountability for officers who violate that right. We are inspired by their passion and commitment, and outraged by the armed assault on peaceful protesters who have a constitutionally protected right to demand change.
At Accelerate Change, we are deeply committed to advancing racial justice in all of our work. We support the protesters who are bravely taking action to demand an end to police brutality. We join the demands for justice for George Floyd. We join the calls for fundamental police violence reforms. We encourage all Americans committed to racial justice to support and donate to organizations leading the Movement for Black Lives. We are deeply committed to supporting our partner PushBlack, a leading voice for Black liberation.