We, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield, are outraged at the loss of George Floyd’s life in Minneapolis and condemn the action and inaction of the police who were a part of it. We are similarly outraged at the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and the actions of the posse/lynch-mob that resulted in his death.
Through the medium of the smart phone we are all witnesses to what actually occurred — we have all seen these killings and we will not “un-see” them. To be direct, we encourage all members of our community — white, black, brown, Asian, Latino — to remember what they have seen in these videos, recognize that it is racism, and demand justice for the victims.
We encourage you to become actively involved in dismantling systemic racism and to SAY THEIR NAMES: George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland.
Normally, we would host an event at our MLK monument to address this spate of racially motivated killings. Due to Covid-19 concerns we will not do that this week as we cannot in good conscience put people’s health at risk. Rather, we encourage everyone to visit our monument on the South Avenue Circle on their own time and at a social distance to reflect and pay tribute to the people we have lost through race-based violence.
The Dr. King Association of Westfield is a non-partisan organization that is not affiliated with any political party and we welcome everyone to join with us in our efforts to further social justice. If you are interested in joining our association, please email us at MLKWestfield@gmail.com.