No one that I have spoken with in the last week has had a sentiment other than outrage and sorrow for the murder of George Floyd. It was an act of evil. We all must demand justice for what happened to him.
But it cannot stop there. We need a unified approach to prevent another tragedy. One that brings together advocates, religious leaders, positive community influencers, and law enforcement to procure long-lasting changes that uphold the rights, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
We cannot stand for generalized vilification of our men and women in law enforcement. They represent every ethnicity, from every walk of life and they wake up every day and put their own lives on the line to keep us safe. They are called to serve and they answer the call every time.
Change can happen when we exercise our right to free speech and peacefully assemble to protest injustices. One of the most important parts of free speech is listening and understanding our fellow citizens. We must be slow to speak but quick to listen. Peaceful protests can create a larger public dialogue that can lead to sustainable change and a stronger nation.
But this morning we woke up to more sadness. Last night, we watched cities around our state and country rioted, burned, looted as the health and safety of our citizens and law enforcement officers were threatened. These are not peaceful protests, these are acts of evil.
It is heartbreaking to witness this violence in our streets that muffled the voices of peaceful protests. Extremist agitator groups who’s purpose is to create and promote fear, anarchy, chaos and violence are in the middle of these acts. Anyone promoting or funding this behavior must be stopped and prosecuted.
Can we all take this moment to come together while we are outraged by the murder of George Floyd and reject extremist, violent and destructive behavior that brings nothing but fear, harm and division?
It is time that people of all races, religions, political affiliations and walks of life stand together to advance our state and country. God can heal our country by creating societal change and peace to our communities.
“Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 NIV
Chairman of the NYGOP