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A Statement from Just-A-Start

Just-A-Start Condemns the Killing of George Floyd
June 2, 2020


Just-A-Start condemns in the strongest terms the murder of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police force, as well as the killings by police of countless other African-Americans across the country and across generations. We see this violence as a glaring manifestation of broader institutional racism in all facets of our society including in the criminal justice, health and education systems, as well as in the areas of housing and community development, to which Just-A-Start has devoted itself since 1968.

We stand with those around the country who peacefully but insistently protest against incidents of police and vigilante violence against African Americans. As we see violence and destruction erupt in response to George Floyd’s murder, we remember Martin Luther King’s analysis of similar uprisings over 50 years ago:

“I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”

It is all of our responsibility to listen to the unheard, and to make clear with our words and actions that black lives matter. For our part, Just-A-Start commits itself to addressing the inequity and racism at the root of the protests by creating opportunities for equitable housing, education, and employment.