Meng Statement on Death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020
Press Release
QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today issued the following statement on the death of George Floyd.
 
“Our nation is in pain and people are angry. Pain over the murder of George Floyd and anger over the unacceptable and systemic racism that continues to plague our country.
 
The dehumanizing death of George Floyd should be enraging to every person. This is not an isolated event, but a result of another kind of virus that has infected our society for hundreds of years – that of  structural and brutal racism.
 
There is absolutely no justification for denying a person their God-given right to breathe. And yet, once again, we saw the brutal death of an unarmed African American man tragically and horrifically unfold before our eyes.
 
Throughout the past few months, we have seen the undeniable disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color – as it lay bare the longstanding, systemic inequalities and disparities – be they socioeconomic, health, or housing.
 
These injustices simply cannot continue. This is not the world I want my children – any child – to grow up in. The charges brought forth against the former officer who murdered George Floyd is a start – but we must do better. During this pandemic, I have seen firsthand the strength of a community – health care workers, law enforcement officers, grocery workers, and countless others – when everyone comes together in the face of enormous horror and challenges. We must work together to blaze a new, inclusive, and compassionate path forward.
 
Also, the African American community has stood with the Asian American community in denouncing the wave of discrimination and violent attacks that Asian Americans have been forced to endure due to the coronavirus, and now we stand in solidarity with them. During times like these, it is critical for those of different backgrounds to unite, look out for each other, and collectively say that any form of racism and bigotry is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.
 
As the mother of two Asian American boys, I have spoken often with them about the hate and intolerance that they may encounter because of the coronavirus. But those concerns don’t compare to what mothers of African American boys go through. Whenever their boys leave home, they often wonder if they’ll ever see them alive again.
 
We must acknowledge that our system is broken, and that we have to fix it. Enough is enough.”