Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Nationwide Protests in Response to the Murder of George Floyd
Congressman Blumenauer released the following statement on the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and the nationwide protests that have followed:
“I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the family of George Floyd, and to everyone struggling with his tragic death. George Floyd’s fate—being murdered in cold blood by law enforcement—is the reality for far too many black and brown people in America. No one deserves to be treated that way, and his death is a devastating reminder of the hate and prejudice that exists in this country.
“Let’s be clear: this grave injustice is not unfamiliar to the black community, nor is it the only catalyst for the anger being felt around the country. These protests are in response to hundreds of years of racism, systematic oppression, bold-faced bigotry enabled by the racist occupying the White House, and the indifference of those who quietly observe from the sideline.
“In this time of great unrest, anger, and exhaustion, it is critical we stand in solidarity against hatred. It is imperative that we listen to, support, and amplify the voices of black leaders in our community and around the country.”