The murder of an unarmed man, George Floyd, along with other unjustified deaths across our nation and state—Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and James Scurlock—serve as a stark reminder of the multi-generational injustices and indignities faced by Black communities. Nebraska Appleseed stands in solidarity with Black communities and community leaders to demand justice and fight against the systemic racism deeply embedded in our society.
We affirm the intrinsic dignity of Black communities, communities of color, and affirm that Black lives matter.
We send our condolences to the grieving families who have lost their loved ones by police brutality and racist violence. At the expense of Black lives, our nation’s justice system continuously fails to serve and protect our communities. No one should have to fear for their life because of the color of their skin, but this is the reality Black people confront every single day.
As a society, we must actively listen to the lived experiences of our neighbors. We must work together to dismantle inhumane and inequitable policies and laws that have disproportionately impacted communities of color, specifically Black communities.
If we are truly the land of opportunity, we must not only denounce racial inequity that persists, but we must be anti-racist, hold our leaders and institutions accountable, and bring about lasting social justice and systemic change.
One thing you can do today is to demand justice for James Scurlock. Call Mayor Jean Stothert at 402-444-5555 and Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine at 402-444-7040.