May 30, 2020



For Immediate Release
Contact:  SCNAACP Columbia
(803) 754-4584 office

Statement from SCNAACP State Conference President – Brenda C. Murphy

The murder of George Floyd by police is a tragedy and saddens all of us.  Frankly we’re sick and tired of this dismissive mentality of Black lives. Police brutality against the Black community is a continuous ever-present danger. Considering, the uprising that we are experiencing is sobering to say the least, yet not unexpected. As a people, we are tired of the injustices and the brutality that has disproportionately impacted our community at the hands of police officers and local elected officials. While police abuse and violence have the potential to harm anyone, it disproportionately harms Black people.

We must be strategic and measured as we battle this latest egregious act of injustice. The SCNAACP will continue to work with our local and state law enforcement officers to eradicate racism; while respecting diversity. We will demand accountability of all officers involved to be charged and convicted for the murder of George Floyd. We must keep our focus on redressing the systemic racism considering this recent tragedy. We cannot be complacent and lose any more Black sons and daughters in the likes of George Floyd with a knee to his neck, Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Georgia. Breonna Taylor whose home was raided by police in Kentucky. Not to mention others that occurred such as Eric Garner who couldn’t breathe. Philando Castile in the car with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter to Trayvon Martin only a boy and so many others.

President Trump has proven yet again his incompetence and inability to unify this country when we are under duress. His reckless response is a deterrent and agitator to the progression of human and civil rights regarding the statement “Thugs are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and “when looting starts, the shooting starts”, was extremely dangerous statement from the leader of our country; while perpetuating brutality against people of color. The racism and anti-Black agenda that continues to permeate out of this current White House is dangerous to our democracy, livelihood, and safety. We must protest peacefully, demand persistently, and fight politically. But most of all, we must vote in November!

Now, as a pandemic rages, Black communities across the country are disproportionally devastated by COVID-19, are forced to bear witness to even more deaths of Black Americans during a time that is already stressful due to the loss of family, friends and neighbors as a result of the virus. We are angry and frustrated, but we must channel our emotions to create the needed energy to create change that is sustainable for our communities. We must develop the master plan that will demand social justice for all people. “Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.”

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