June 2, 2020
Statement on the murder of George Floyd and Protests
The Chatham County Democratic Party is angered and deeply distressed by the brutal murder of George Floyd. We stand with our black and brown brothers and sisters in their outrage and action to protest the continual violence perpetrated on people of color in the United States. These protests are about the murder of George Floyd but also about Sandra Bland, Philando Castillo, Eric Garner, Kalief Browder and so many others. The protests are about 400 years of racism and oppression.
We recognize and call for the transformation of the systemic racist structures that have oppressed and diminished people of color since inception of our nation.
We oppose the current national administration’s rhetoric, which only serves to inflame an already volatile situation in cities across our nation and causes an escalation in violence and abuse.
The upwelling of anger and protest signals that this is a time for us to come together to reform our government’s political and economic systems and policies so as to finally achieve a just and peaceful society for all.
We thank Governor Cooper for his forbearance and determination to put life above property.
While many of us in the Democratic Party, by virtue of our white privilege cannot know the pain, anger that communities of color continue to experience, we share your distress and sorrow and pledge to work to change our communities and governments.
We concur with President Obama that “if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness and we have to organize and cast ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.”
Join us in this important work.
Jan Nichols, Chair
Chatham County Democratic Party