Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd. Within this year we have seen businesses step up, organizations step up, and individuals step up to ensure the safety of black people. We witnessed protests all around the world in order to seek justice for the countless lives that have been taken as a result of police brutality. Although Derek Chauvin has been charged and found guilty on three counts: unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder; and second degree manslaughter this does not negate the fact that black people were 28% of those killed by police in 2020 regardless of being only 13% of the population. Out of the 1,127 people that were killed by the U.S. police in 2020, 217 were during traffic stops or mental health checks. Police were only charged for 16.
WeRise for Greater Westerville was born, locally, out of a worldwide effort to eradicate racism, police brutality, and ensure that our children live in a better world. We are committed to educating, inspiring, and embracing inclusivity to strive for equity. May George Floyd rest in power and may his family and the world always remember that his life mattered.
Photo description: Protesters on June 3, 2020. One person holding sign that says, “SAY THEIR NAMES. PUT AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY. #blacklivesmatter.” Another person holding a sign that says, “SILENCE IS VIOLENCE. DON’T SHOOT. BLACK SKIN [not equal symbol] THREAT. #blackliveesmatter”
Photo credit: Kenneth L. Wright, Westerville resident