Bradley Schneider

06/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/01/2020 18:43

Schneider Statement on Nationwide Protests

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement:

'Over the last several days we have watched our nation convulse with raw emotion and great frustration following the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement. In cities large and small, people reflecting the mosaic of our nation are gathering in solidarity to call for justice. George Floyd's death was the spark, but the true motivation is the systemic racism that continues to target and oppress Black Americans throughout our country. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery made national news, but too many communities and too many families know the daily pain and indignity we saw laid bare in Minneapolis.

'We all need to listen, and to make the reforms our justice system so desperately needs. We need leadership and empathy. Instead of uniting the country, the President's rhetoric and actions seek to divide and dangerously escalate the situation. We cannot allow it.

'At times like this, it is more important than ever that neighbors look out for each other and take care of one another. The small few using these events to engage in vandalism or looting should be held accountable, and cannot detract from the righteous message of the vast majority of protesters demanding change.

'Our hearts may be breaking but we will not be bowed in the pursuit of justice.'