SCNA’s Statement About Racial Injustice and the Death of George Floyd

George Floyd’s unjustified death has triggered an outpouring of anger and protests about the manner in which he died. Anyone viewing the video of his treatment at the hands of the four Minneapolis police officers cannot help but be outraged by the conduct of those police officers. The Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association (SCNA), its members and our neighborhood stand with those who have marched and who will march in protest peaceably in support of an end to racial injustice and inequity.

Through Sierra 2 Center, we promote diversity and cultural inclusivity and will continue to do so. However, we can and must do better. We see you. We hear you. We support you. We join you in demanding greater focus and progress on the substantive changes that are badly needed in our social and civic structures to achieve real and tangible equity and justice for all.

This devastating event is another wake-up call demanding that we work to build a better and more equitable Sacramento. We don’t presume to have answers. But we are committed to continuing our longstanding practice of working with sister neighborhood associations and our civic leaders to re-invigorate the discussion and the search for new and better solutions for existing inequity and injustice fueled by racism and indifference.

The immortal words of Martin Luther King are instructive and were never more appropriate than now, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

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